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The purpose for this web site is to provide information of INTEREST to Masons and Friends of Masons for their consideration and personal use. The intent is to organize the information in a manner so as to make it available to all personnel who do not have the time available to search for the information or obtain it from other sources. It is hoped that this site will become the primary INDEX for all people seeking Masonic Light.

Web site updated: Sunday, September 27, 2009 

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Click Here for the George Washington Masonic Memorial

Please visit the Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 Gift Shop


Visit the Scottish Rite
Orient of Virginia


Note added September 25, 2009 --

There has been a lot of dscussion about the newest book by Dan Brown, Titled:  
"The Lost Symbol"   and many questions asked by non-Masons about its content.  Some notable Masonic Scholars have put together some answers at: 



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E-mail ListServ Information

Click Here for information to join the Masons or the DeMolay ListServs

A brochure that you can print and pass out to your friends to tell them how to join the Listserv.

Announcements and Items of Special Interest

INFORMATION about the Craft - Good information about Freemasonry for Non-Masons.


by W. Bro. Stephen Defoe.
A wealth of informaton about freemasonry

Washington Post Article about Freemasonry

Fezzes, Sphinxes and Secret Handshakes

By Ernest Borgnine, 33º GC
Member, Abingdon Lodge #48, Virginia
(From The Scottish Rite Journal)

District Directories

If you need to download the directories, send me a message to:jcanard(at) In your message, identify yourself as to what position you hold in your Lodge or statement as to why you need a copy of the directory and I will respond to your message with the password for the site and the downloading instructions.

Alexandria Washington Lodge #22
Lodge Anecdotes
Presented by RW Claude Harris
Anecdote Introduction Letter
Anecdote 1: What is the correct name of our lodge?
Anecdote 1 Q&A 1: Response by RW Claude Harris.
Anecdote 1 Q&A 2: Clarification by RW Claude Harris
Anecdote 1 Q&A 3: Response by RW G. C. Canard, Jr.
Anecdote 2: Past Masters' Portraits.
Anecdote 2 Q&A 1: Explanation by Art Pierson.
Anecdote 3: How many Masters have presided over the lodge.
Anecdote 3 Q&A 1: Response
Anecdote 4: Robert Adam - Our Founding Father.
Anecdote 5: Washington and Freemasonry.
Anecdote 5 Q&A 1: Clarification by RW Claude Harris
Anecdote 6: Lodge No. 39's "Laws"
Anecdote 7: Why does AW22 receive free housing in the G.W.M.N.M.?
Anecdote 7 Q&A 1: Clarification by RW Claude Harris
Anecdote 7 Q&A 2: Question raised by Wor. John Nicholson and response by RW Claude Harris
Anecdote 8: The Pennsylvania Warrant by RW Claude Harris

Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22
year 1993 in Pictorial Review
by RW Claude Harris

Prepared by MW Don Robey, PGM (Va 1987)
A thesis by RW Claude Harris:
Esoteric Symbolism of the Watson-Cassoul Apron.

Files are in "pdf" format,
Adobe Acrobat Reader
required to download and read.


Address Book

Because of the amount of time and effort required to try to keep this address list up to date, I have reduced the information to the member's name, identifing title and one organization, and appropriate
E-mail addresses.


Explanation on the Pillars located in the Symbolic Lodge



DeMolay Items of Interest


+ Web Site, DeMolay International

+ Index, DeMolay Organizations

+ ListServ Members Virginia DeMolay

+ Web Site, Alex-Wash DeMolay Chapter

+ ListServ members Alex-Wash DeMolay Chapter

Items of Routine Interest and Reference

Masonic Bodies

+ Alex-Wash Lodge No. 22 Home Page

+ Lodges in Virginia with web sites.
+ Districts in Virginia with web sites.
+ District of Columbia Lodges with web sites.
+ Scottish Rite Orient of VA
+ YORK RITE Sites.
+ Shrine (A. A. O. N. M. S.)
+ Other Apendant Bodies.
+ George Washington Masonic National Memorial.
+ Mount Vernon Estate of George Washington

Items of Special Interest

+ Virginia State Police Of particular intrest to Virginia residents. Access the Sex Offender Registry.

+ Metropolitan Police - Sex Offender Registry

+ Shriners make changes in MEMBERSHIP requirements for the future.

+ Arkansas Grand Master's Letter about Shrine Recognition in Arkansas.

+ Sovereign Grand Commander Unity Letter

+ The complete Shrine picture by RW Paul Bessel


+ Hoaxes & Virus Info




A Masonic Education site with a large amount of Masonic Information provided by
John T. Mathews

Grand Lodge Activities

+ The Grand Lodge of Virginia.

Info on the Masonic Home of Virginia

+ Charter Membership in Masons' Hall Lodge No. 1785, Grand Lodge of Virginia.

+ Grand Lodge Related Activities.

+ Grand Lodge Addresses for the United States and other World locations.

+ ANNOUNCEMENT about "The Most Worshipful United Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Democratic Republics."

 Special Announcements

+ INFORMATION about the Craft - Good information for Non-Masons.


Other Masonic Information

+ Index of pages on Paul Bessel's website
+ Masons at the Battle of Gettysburg and the Masonic Friend to Friend Monument.
+ Masonic Blue Slipper A discussion of the purpose and how to get it.
+ Hiram's Oasis Files from KENA Shrine Site.

+ Individual Masons with Web Pages on the World Wide Web.
+ Individual Masons providing services.
+ Masonic Supplies.
+ Masonic Clip Art.
+ Publications and Paper.
+ Videos on Masonic Subjects by Capstone Productions.
+ The Philalethes Society The Worlds Oldest And Largest Masonic Research Society.
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Yahoo search facility.

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National Weather Service.

Encarta Concise Encyclopedia.

Merriam-Webster - Dictionary and Thesaurus.

Learn2 - How to do almost anything.

Arlington County Home Page

City of Alexandria Home Page

Fairfax County Home Page

Falls Church Lookup

Washington DC Registry

Loan Amortization

Time Check or Time Only


Masonic Education
Research Papers of Special Interest

By MW Donald M. Robey

Masonic Education
as presented at the Multi-district Education Program on Saturday, September 9, 2000, at KENA Temple



+ Miscellaneous Items.
+ Links to Misc. Masonic sites.
+ Masonic E-mail lists.
+ A tribute to our departed Brethren.

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New Scottish Rite Jewels
are now available.
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A tribute to our Active Members and Veterans of Military and Civil Service

This virtual candle burns in memory for our men and women in uniform.
 Links of Special Interest
"That Ragged Old Flag" - A very nice read Thank You Vets for protecting our Flag
A Soldier's Prayer dedicated to our Veterans A verse about "The Wall" A Soldier's Thoughts dedicated to our Active members
They Served Too Ode to the U.S. Military The Star Spangled Banner
America the Beautiful America A Fireman's Prayer
From the website of
Rocky and Shirl Chaplin
Santa Weeps, remember our Soldiers during the Holiday period The Night Before Christmas, contributed by a US Marine Index of Inspirational Pages provided by Ishaah

The Lord's Prayer

This image can not be reproduced for sale without
expressed written permission from Jeff Hobrath.

On September 11, 2001, terrorist struck with an attack on the World Trade Center in New York City and at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. See a pictorial summery of the events in this Power Point Presentation

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Rogue Memorial
to the victims of 9/11/01

USS Cole Tribute

On October 12, 2000, the USS Cole (DDG 67) was attacked / bombed in the Port of Aden in Yemen by a terrorist group yet to be identified. See Reports and information on the USS Cole repair progress.

  The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.

My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree, I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem.
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.

Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.

Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!

Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts,
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."

"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me."

"My Gramps died at 'Pearl' on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."

"My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam
And now it is my turn and so, here I am."

"I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile."

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red white and blue... an American flag.

"I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home."

"I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat."

"I can carry the weight of killing another
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother
who stand at the front against any and all,
to ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright;
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."

"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,"
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?

"It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone.
To stand your own watch, no matter how long."

"For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled
is payment enough, and with that we will trust.
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

Friends, keep Our military people in your prayers. They are risking their lives to protect what we take for granted, and we are losing soldiers every day. They won't be home with their families this Christmas. Pray God will Bless Them, and keep them safe.


I recently became involved with the reunion committee for the Unit in which I commanded in Vietnam, which is Comapny A, 7th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade, 5th Inf Div (Mech).
Visit the Company Website at:
and my personal contribution at:



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