For many of us…
Sliding into the month that welcomes the first day of summer gives us a sense of relief…or at least a psychic whew!
Now activities take on a decidedly outdoor feel, and getaways are no longer an escape but more of an adventure. Here at Minnesota Masonic Charities, we share the feeling and invite you to consider some up and coming events that are both outdoors and an adventure.
UP AND COMING: Mark your calendars in July and August for a terrific chance to support finding a cure for cancer while swimming, biking, running or sporting clays shooting…or perhaps just cheering on those who do…
find out here where and when
In addition, there are always those special days of June when the Masonic families throughout the state will frequently gather for celebration...
June 14 - Flag Day
A day that is notable in many ways for Freemasonry:
Did you know?
It was a Mason—Bro. Francis Hopkinson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, who really designed what the legendary Betsy Ross then cut and sewed into America’s first flag. The following year, on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress approved the Stars and Stripes as a symbol of our new freedom and independence
- On September 14, 1814, Brother Francis Scott Key, prisoner aboard a British man-of-war shelling Fort McHenry, wrote on the back of an envelope what was to become our national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner.
- In 1892, Brother James P. Upham, publisher of Youths Companion Magazine, advanced the idea of a flag raising ceremony in all schools and patriotic fervor swept the country. For an appropriate prayer filled with reverence, patriotism and love of country, for occasions such as these, the Rev. and Brother Francis J. Bellamy created America’s Pledge of Allegiance. Bro. Bellamy’s pledge was first used on Columbus Day, October 12, 1892 and was officially adopted on June 22, 1942; “under God” was added June 14, 1954.
- On August 3, 1949 U.S. President and Most Worshipful Harry S. Truman signed The Flag Day Act into law.
June 17 - Father's Day
With appreciation for all Fathers:
June 20 - Summer Solstice
Summer solstice begins on June 20, 2012 at 8:09 P.M. CDT