DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

In May, 1868, after several years of various parts of our country taking time to honor and remember the veterans of the civil war by spreading flowers over the graves of casualties of that war, a national movement took hold and the first national day of remembrance was held. At the time it was called Decoration day but over time has been dubbed Memorial Day. It became a National holiday effective in 1971 and was designated as being celebrated on the last Monday in May. May was originally chosen because May of each year is the most prolific for blooming flowers.
 
As the Memorial Day holiday approaches and we try to find time during this national pandemic to gather together as best we can and as has become our tradition, let us pause and reflect on the purpose of this holiday. A portion of the ceremony that was developed to honor our masonic brothers who chose to serve our country in the military, mentions several things that are moving and should be remembered during this holiday.
“WHILE THIS SERVICE MAY HAVE BEEN IN A TIME OF WAR OR A TIME OF PEACE, IT HAS BEEN THROUGH THEIR LOVE, LOYALTY AND ZEALOUS SENSE OF DUTY THAT WE MAY CONTINUE TO LIVE TOGETHER FREELY AND HONORABLY.
 
NO MATTER WHICH BRANCH THEY SERVED IN, WHATEVER THEIR JOB PATH, OR HOW MANY YEARS THEY SERVED, RAISING THEIR HAND AND COMMITTING THEMSELVES TO SERVICE IN THE MILITARY WAS A BRAVE AND SELFLESS ACT.
 
NOW, AS WE PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE BROTHER WHO SO GALLANTLY SERVED OUR COUNTRY, LET US NEVER FORGET THE SACRIFICES HE AND HIS FAMILY MADE TO PRESERVE THE FREEDOMS OF THIS GREAT NATION.
 
HELP US TO REMEMBER THAT THE FREEDOMS WE ENJOY IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY DID NOT COME WITHOUT COST, THAT OUR BROTHERS AND THE MEN AND WOMEN LIKE THEM PAID FOR THEM WITH THEIR BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS.”
 
During your holiday activities, take time to close your eyes, take several deep breaths and contemplate, reflect and concentrate on exactly what this date means and the sacrifices made on our behalf. Then say a prayer for the families and loved ones who still suffer the loss of a loved one and REMEMBER.
 
May God bless and protect each of you and our great nation.
 
Stanton T. Brown II
Grand Master 2019-2020

Grand Lodge Office To Be Closed To All Visitors

In the last 2 weeks since my Edict was issued and my subsequent announcements concerning the issues arising from the outbreak and spreading of the COVID-19 coronavirus, it seems that we know very little more concerning the long-term ramifications of this disease or how long we will have to deal with it.

What is apparent is that it is continuing to spread and still no true explanation of how communicable it is and by what method it is transmitted.

In view of the recommendations of the CDC, WHO, city, county, and State governments as well as multiple health experts and in consideration of the inherent risks involved with close contact with the general public, I am ordering that effective immediately, the Grand Lodge Office be closed to all visitors until further notice.  When there are clear and verifiable indications that the risk of infection has been controlled and abated, we will reassess the need for limiting access to the Grand Lodge office location.

The Grand Lodge staff and all personnel will continue to function and conduct all business as prescribed by our by-laws and by our obligation and commitment to serving the craft members and lodges.  Instead of face to face interactions during this time, all business will be conducted by telephone, emails or other forms of electronic communications.

It is at times like this that allow us to refocus on what is truly important and to remember the welfare of our brothers and their families.  Take this opportunity to reflect on our obligations to each other and check on ones you haven’t heard from for a while, especially our elderly members and widows.

I believe that this action is consistent with our commitment to each other and is in the best interest of all concerned.  Your patience and understanding during this trying time is requested and is greatly appreciated.

Fraternally Yours,
Stanton T. Brown II
Grand Master 2019-2020

Holiday Message

First, I would like to wish each and every one of you a safe and joyful holiday season. It is my ardent hope that each of you can experience the joy and fulfillment this season brings and to share that joy with family and friends and especially with those who are less fortunate than you. Open your hearts and minds to the miracles that have happened in each of our lives this past year and recognize them for what they truly are: Miracles from the Great Creator of Heaven and Earth.

Every faith has stories of miracles and blessings bestowed by God, so regardless of what your personal religious beliefs may be, this time of the year has historically been recognized as a time to collectively think of others. We have the opportunity to look again at where we have been, reflect on what blessings we have received and continue to receive, and also to consider ways to spread the truly wonderful message of Freemasonry to the world. That message is that “every human being has a claim on your kind offices, do good unto all… Finally, brethren, be ye all of one mind, live in peace and may the God of love and peace delight to dwell with and bless you.

May the bounteous Blessings of God be upon you and keep you safe during this festive season.

Stanton Brown II
Grand Master

Thanksgiving Message

On behalf of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, I would like to wish each and every one of you a safe and joyful Thanksgiving season. It is my ardent hope that each of you can experience the joy and fulfillment this holiday brings and to share that joy with family and friends. This is the season for us to reflect on the past year and to be thankful for all we do have. All you need to do is look around at those who have been suffering in our brotherhood and in your community to realize how blessed most of us are. I hope you can find ways to relieve at least some of their pain and suffering by finding a way to express your thankfulness in a positive manner. May Gods grace continue to bless you. Happy Thanksgiving. – MWB Stanton T Brown II