On the 2nd of November, at their regularly schedule meeting, Montgomery Lodge hosted representatives from the Vietnam the 50th of Massachusetts. The purpose of the visit was to confer Vietnam Veteran commemorative lapel pins on members of Montgomery Lodge that served in the United States Military between November 1st 1955 and May 15th, 1975. Eight Brothers of Montgomery Lodge received the recognition, as well as the Lodge's District Representative to the Grand Master of Massachusetts. These Brothers are, from left to right, Stephen 'Pat' Emery of Shrewsbury, Bill Powers of Blackstone, Mike Farrer of Hopedale, Rich Bernheart of Milford, Ed Hollister of Milford, Bill Eltzroth of Milford, Morris Yaffe of Milford, Alan Ronkin of Milford, and Dave Mathews of Milford. Members of Vietnam the 50th of Massachusetts include Steve Petak, Al Holman, and Brother Joe Lutfy.
The Commemoration was authorized by Congress and established under the Secretary of Defense in 2012, and began with a presidential inaugural event at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. on Memorial Day, May 28th, 2012. It is estimated that there are 7 million Veterans and 9 million families that are eligible for this honorable recognition. For more information about the Commemoration, and to find other events where our soldiers will be honored in this fashion, please visit www.vietnamwar50th.com. Vietnam the 50th of Massachusetts is a commemorative partner and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Montgomery Lodge would like to officially thank Vietnam the 50th of Massachusetts for performing this service, and extending a long overdue 'Welcome Home' to our Brothers.
Montgomery Lodge is one of the country’s oldest Masonic Lodges, chartered by Most Worshipful Paul Revere in 1797, with a prestigious membership including local names of Thayer, Eastman, Claflin, Draper, and Stacey. For more information, please visit www.montgomerylodge.org.
Picture courtesy of Jeff Righter of Milford, MA.