The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest
wounds and scars of war.  – Brother Douglas MacArthur

My Brothers,

Monday is Veterans Day. A day that will have parades, some will place flags at the resting places of those who served our country and have made the ultimate sacrifice. It is a day that reflects on the freedoms we enjoy. Freedoms that we have come to expect thanks to the brave men and women in our armed forces.

Masonry and the history of our country are intertwined in loyalty, honor and of course patriotism. As a retired Master Sergeant, I am very proud of the work our Masonic War Veterans, our Military Outreach, and our Lodges and Districts are doing. You visit our Veterans in their homes and hospitals. You bring them items from socks to bingo games. But you bring them the best gift of all. Your time. Please take a look at my video message for additional thoughts of this special day. On behalf of myself, Nancy, R∴W∴Richard J. Kessler and his wife Joanne, our Grand Line, and our entire leadership team I thank you for your support today and tomorrow.

May the Grand Architect of the Universe protect our men and women in uniform, first responders and bring them safely home.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

William M. Sardone 
Grand Master of Masons in the State of New York

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