Masonic Monday – Glorious Independence Day

How will you celebrate the 4th of July? That is, of course, Independence Day, when our forefathers, led by George Washington, declared these United States to be free and independent. We’ve talked before about George Washington.

I’m sure you will see many flags waving. Contrary to popular legend, the first official flag of the United States was not designed by George Washington or Betsy Ross, but by Francis Hopkinson. His design was approved on June 14, 1777, when the Continental Congress made the following resolution: Resolved: that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.
Francis Hopkinson was a Freemason.

first flag

Seeing all those flags waving, you may have a chance to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge was written by Francis Bellamy in 1892, for a public school program. The original words were: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” The words “my flag” were replaced with “the flag of the United States of America” in 1924, and “under God” was added in 1954.
Francis Bellamy was a Freemason.

Often, either before or after the Pledge, our National Anthem, Star Spangled Banner, is sung. The words to this song were written by yet another Francis – Francis Scott Key. He wrote the lyrics to be sung to the tune of a song called To Anacreon in Heaven, which had been composed by John Stafford Smith.
Francis Scott Key and John Stafford Smith were both Freemasons.

Will you read the Declaration of Independence? It was written by a committee of five men, at least 2 of which were Freemasons, and signed by 56 men, of which up to a third were Freemasons (documentation of some being lost, we don’t know for sure).

declaration

Maybe your day will include a parade. Those guys in the funny hats driving the tiny cars? They are Shriners, famous for providing free care to children in their world-renowned Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Every Shriner is a Freemason.

shriners

Will you have a cookout? Henry Ford instrumental in developing charcoal briquettes. (When his brother-in-law, E.G. Kingsford, took over the manufacture of them, he called them “Kingsford.”)
Henry Ford was a Freemason.

fordcharcoal

However you celebrate, have a glorious, safe, and happy Independence Day.

bell

John Pass and John Stow, casters of the Liberty Bell, were also Freemasons.

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