June 6, 1876 was the day the Imperial Grand Council of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for the United State of America was created. Wisely, they went with Shriners. Thanks to our rich history and in celebration of the founding of our Imperial Council 140 years ago, June 6th of each year is forever known as “Shriners International Awareness Day!” It was a very busy month in the history of our nation. Click here to see other great events.
I became a Shriner on the 20th day of June 1998. Nearly 18 years ago. Seems like a few weeks ago.
The Shrine is a great organization. Originally founded as the activity and public awareness entity for Masonry, it later became one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the world. Today, the Shrine completely funds the operation of 22 hospital that provide orthopedic and burn treatment for children. This is provided for FREE regardless of the families ability to pay. Ten of thousands of people that are well known today and some not so well known have benefited from the Shrine.
Shriners International is more than a fraternity; it is a fraternal organization of men who are dedicated to brotherhood, compassion and service to others. Thanks to our rich history and in celebration of the founding of our Imperial Council 140 years ago, June 6th of each year is forever known as “Shriners International Awareness Day!”
I’m grateful to be a Shriner and identify and support the mission of the Shrine.
I want to close this message by paying respect to the military forces who valiantly served their respective countries on June 6, 1944, D-Day. These brave American, British and Canadian heroes fought nobly in the Battle of Normandy which has been called the beginning of the end of the war in Europe. On that day, more than 4,000 Allied troops lost their lives, with thousands more wounded or missing. As a veteran I want to remember their sacrifice with humility and thankfulness.
We can never give too many thanks to our veterans then or now. FREEDOM is not FREE.
The next time you see us in a parade in your community, remember that we help children. If you want to be a Shriner like me, ask me or any Shriner. We’re always looking for great people.