Shriner’s International Awareness Day

Masonic Bio

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. [Read more…]

Memorial Day 2016

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Memorial Day 2016

Everyday, someone dies in defense of my (our) freedom.  Having traveled the world; I know first hand that America is the greatest country.  There are some other countries that I love visiting, too many in fact.  The real question is:  Would you want to live anyplace but America.  My answer is a resounding NO.

As an American Vet I think about the men and women who serve all the time.  Recently, I’ve expanded my thinking to include law enforcement and security agencies.

When we go to work for someone; no where in the employment agreement does it say, “you’ll die for this company.”  When men and women sign up for the military and our law enforcement agencies, it’s implied that they’re willing to die for us.  You and me.

Just knowing that there are people out there that protect us and our way of life is not only comforting, it also hurts.  This Memorial Day I’m going to especially remember these brave men and women.

What do you think?

This picture was taken at the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetary in Boulder, NV.  The “image” was created by a friend of mine.  It’s always inspired me.  I hope that it will inspire you as well.