As reported by dailyjournalonline.com, Leadwood Masonic Lodge 598 and Irondale Masonic Lodge 143 will take part in a masonic cornerstone dedication ceremony March 28 at West St. Francois County R-IV's new middle school.
A masonic cornerstone dedication ceremony is scheduled to take place in late March at the new West St. Francois County R-IV Middle School facility being constructed on Route M next to West County High School. The event is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on March 28. Leadwood Masonic Lodge 598 and Irondale Masonic Lodge 143 will take part in the ceremony.
The dedication will commemorate the placement of a masonic cornerstone in the outer wall of the new middle school building. It is to be an event worthy of attending, since masonic cornerstone placement ceremonies on the public buildings are a rarity in the modern times. The actual dedication is expected to last roughly 10 minutes. The Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Missouri will perform the ceremony.
The honor guard from the Bismarck Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post will take part in the function. Members of the Desloge VFW are to present an American flag. A flag-raising ceremony is being planned as well and members of the Order of the DeMolay will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Wine, corn and oil will be poured on the cornerstone as part of the ceremony. Each item has significance. Wine is the emblem of joy and gladness; corn is the emblem of plenty and oil is the emblem of peace.
The names and lodge numbers for both the Leadwood and Irondale entities will be etched into the stone, as will the name of the Grand Lodge of Missouri. Made of marble, the stone also will include the masonic emblem in the center and the dedication date.
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