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Masonic News & Views -- Be Unforgettable
May 31, 2010
Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was first observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first State to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).
Through the years the day has become a time for remembering and honoring not only those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in war, but also those who have made a profound difference in our lives. I am grateful to and thankful for my family members and loved ones who have gone on before me. Memories of them will always be sacred to me and they will forever hold a special place in my heart. But, there are other heroes worthy of remembrance as well.
As a young boy I had a friend. His name was Bourbon. I was not yet old enough to go to school and he was the oldest person in my world. For some reason he and his wife took a liking to me. Bourbon would spend long afternoons letting me 'help' him in his workshop or around the garden. He was always patient and kind and generous. He taught me many things but what I remember most is that he made me feel special just by spending time with me.
Many years later I met Dave McCausey. Dave was my first Masonic mentor. He, like Bourbon, would spend many long afternoons with me. We would sit and discuss the meanings of things. He would instruct me in my studies and assist me in my learnings. He made me want to know more and created a thirst for knowledge that has not yet been quenched. He too, taught me many things but what I remember most is his generosity of spirit.
I've been fortunate in my life to have known several mentors. I'm fortunate now to have some in my life. These are my heroes. Of those who have passed, many never knew of their importance in my life. Some may yet pass without knowing. But, that's okay because I will remember them and continue to honor them by striving to make them proud. Even this tiny tribute, though much less than they deserve, is more than they would ask.
Being a mentor is not a difficult thing. You are qualified already. The chief ingredient is time; all you have to do is share it. Be a mentor; be a hero; be unforgettable.
p.s. Thanks to Bro. Burl McCullough for the history on Memorial Day.
Now, on with the news........................
Saturday, June 12, 2010: O'Sullivan Lodge No. 7 will hold its 7th Annual Pickin' in the Park Bluegrass and Music Festival. The event will be held in the Walnut Grove City Park from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Admission is $15 per family - $6 adults - $3 kids (17 and under). This is a BYLC (Bring Your Lawn Chairs) event. Information and playing times will be posted on the O'Sullivan Lodge Web site.
Saturday, June 26, 2010: The Oklahoma Masonic Indian Degree Team will confer an outdoor 3rd Degree at Fohn Charolais Farm, Cassville, MO. The farm is located on Hwy 76 about 3/4 miles west of Hwy 37. Lodge will open at 10:00 AM. Coffee and donuts before Lodge. Lunch (BBQ) will be served for a donation. If you haven't seen the Oklahoma Indians confer a Degree come and join us. Tiler will check all dues cards.
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