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Montgomery Lodge Empty Chair Presentation

MONTGOMERY LODGE – On the 29th of May at the special communication of Montgomery Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the Brothers of Montgomery Lodge performed a public Empty Chair Degree. The Empty, or Vacant, Chair Degree is a public ceremony that dates back to 1875, after the close of the American Civil War. The Degree is performed to honor and remember all enlisted Freemasons who did not return from the war. Attendees included not only Masons from Massachusetts and Rhode Island, but the Young Marines of Milford also participated with a color guard. Several others were in attendance including selectmen Michael Walsh, William Buckley, and William Kingkade, Jr.



Although inclusive and meant to recognize all fallen Freemasons, the Degree was directed towards Major General Richard Montgomery, for whom the Lodge is named after. Brother Montgomery was a British soldier who later joined the Continental Army during the American Revolution. After several successful battles, Brother Montgomery ultimately gave his life in a failed siege against the British in Quebec City, December 31, 1775.



Montgomery Lodge is one of the country's oldest Masonic Lodges, chartered by Most Worshipful Paul Revere in 1797, with a prestigious membership including local names of Thayer, Eastman, Claflin, Draper, and Stacey. Montgomery Lodge would like to thank all those who attended this important and solemn event.



Pictures courtesy of Rachael Jackson of Hopedale, MA.






















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