Tuesday, April 26, 2022

George's Beacon of Blue and White

Here some pics I snapped of the Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, VA last night:

Back in February, the site was lit up with the colors of the Ukrainian flag. I'm not sure if that's still the intention.

Regardless, it was a beautiful and peaceful night to take in the memorial. The inscription which appears below the bust of George Washington, seems to be paraphrased from a 1786 letter from George Washington to James Madison. The content of the inscription is as accurate today as it was 236 years ago:

Let prejudices, unreasonable jealousies, and local interest yield to reason and liberality. Let us look to our National character, and to things beyond the present period. No morn ever dawned more favourable than ours did—and no day was ever more clouded than the present! Wisdom, & good examples are necessary at this time to rescue the political machine from the impending storm.

As I left the memorial, I was psyched to see a DC Boundary Stone nearby:

I thought there might be a connection between the Masonic site and the location of the boundary marker. But, alas, boundary marker is both not in the original location, nor is it the original stone. Still, coming across a DC boundary marker is a always a treat.

Here's to wisdom & good example carrying the day!

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