My Brothers,

The summer has arrived, and Independence Day, July 4th will soon be upon us. For those who know me, it is obvious of how I feel about patriotism and our veterans. The words of Sgt. and Brother Hoover at our Annual Communication are still felt by all who were there. The words spoken at our Masonic War Veterans Ceremony on St. John’s Day still reverberate in the minds and hearts of many: “and the red upon that glorious banner is died a richer hue with the precious blood our youth have shed”. We celebrate in many ways and for those of us who gather for the traditional fireworks let us always remember the veterans who gave all for us.

As Masons, we are justly proud of our country. July 4th is truly more than a day for fireworks and barbecues, but a day for all of us to be Americans. I urge you all to fly our Flag proudly and celebrate America.

On behalf of myself, Nancy and Alyssa, our Deputy Grand Master RW Richard J. Kessler, and his wife Joanne, and the entire elected and appointed members of the Grand Line and their ladies, and all the District Deputies and Staff Officers and their ladies, let me wish all of you a wonderful season and a grand summer season.

As always, let us implore the Great Architect of the Universe protect the members of our Armed Forces, and our brave Police, Firefighters, and other First Responders as they are protecting us, wherever in the country and around world they may be serving, and bring them back home to their families and friends healthy and safely.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

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

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