Masonic Lodge celebrates 150 years
Published 12:03 pm Friday, January 8, 2016
The Wakefield Masonic Lodge No. 198 A.F. & A.M. celebrated its 150th anniversary on Wednesday night at the Virginia Diner in Wakefield. There were approximately 70 members and guests on hand to witness this celebration and receive very nice remarks from Most Worshipful Jim Litten, 171st Grand Master of Masons in Virginia.
M.W. Litten referenced in his remarks the strengths and determination of keeping any organization viable for 150 continuous years, and gave praises to the many past and present members for their efforts. He also emphasized his theme for the year, “Setting a good example,” and gave many words of encouragement of the importance of this in life and the influences we all have on others by doing so:
“There were many challenges throughout our nation in 1865 right after the Civil War when our country was to begin rebuilding and the economy was in ruins and so many men had been wounded or killed. But this tight little community came together with their local leadership and formed the Wakefield Masonic Lodge, which has now survived so many obstacles including The Great Depression, several recessions, two World Wars, the Korean War, Vietnam and now continues to struggle in the Middle East. Not many organizations continue for 150 years, and the community is lucky to have Wakefield Masonic Lodge No. 198 A.F.&A.M. as a part of their community.”
Litten presented Right Worshipful Billy Allmond, the current Master of Wakefield Lodge, with a plaque recognizing this 150 year anniversary.