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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Omaha Masons and Memorial Day

Brethren of Omaha, Nebraska's Centennial Lodge No. 326 mark the Memorial Day weekend in a very special way—by planting small American flags on the grave sites of 4,000 veterans and their spouses.

From the Omaha World Herald, "Volunteers mark 4,000 graves," by Carol Bicak:

Three years ago for a Masonic lodge service project, Phil Edwards decided to put flags on the graves of former military members in Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park, where he works part time.

Now it has become an annual ritual. Edwards said he, fellow Centennial Lodge 326 member Carl Diamond and Carl's wife, Carol, set out more than 4,000 of the flags between Wednesday and Friday.

How long the project takes depends on the number of other volunteers who show up. This year Boy Scouts and DeMolay members assisted. Friends and family also help out.

It's not an easy chore. There are 140 acres to cover. . .

Well done, brethren.

Centennial Lodge No. 326 meets at the West Omaha Masonic Temple.
Photo by Kiley Cruse, for the Omaha World Herald.

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