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Whether you view this magnificent structure as you make an air approach to Washington's National Airport or visit there as part of a tour due to it's outstanding view and historical significance, you'll be greatly impressed by this beautiful building. The original concept was to erect an edifice to house the relics of George Washington, the first president of the United States and one of America's most prominent Freemasons, and which were owned by Alexandria - Washington Lodge #22 but had been damaged in a fire in 1871.
In 1911, meetings began and in 1922 ground breaking occurred. The Board of Directors decided that the building would be erected without any borrowing and thus construction proceeded only when there were sufficient funds in hand to proceed with the next stage. In 1932, the building was dedicated.
The Memorial was the first joint project of all the Masons in the United States and today, over 50,000 visitors arrive each year to learn more about Washington and the fraternity of Freemasons he loved and respected.
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial has an informative and eye-pleasing web site. You can visit it by clicking on the banner below. If you visit Washington, DC, it's a "must see"! When you're there, be sure to stop by the library and say hello to two active online Masons: Brothers Paul Bessel (whose personal website is a treasure-trove of data. Check it out here.) and Harry Lyons, a Mason I'm VERY happy to have met!
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