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The Copestone-Ophir Lodge #108 Marches in St. Patrick's Day Parade

Mar 29, 2024
Copestone-Ophir Lodge 108 Free Masons Harrison NJ

 In a vivid display of community spirit and historical continuity, members of the Copestone-Ophir Lodge #108 of Free Masons proudly participated in the United Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade, on Sunday, March 10, 2024. Dressed impeccably to pay respect to their deep-rooted fraternity, and bearing their banner, the Masons of Lodge #108 added a unique thread to the vibrant tapestry of the parade, which celebrates not only Irish heritage but also the rich mosaic of Kearny's community.

Founded in 1917 and located at 225 Kearny Avenue, the Copestone-Ophir Lodge #108 has been a steadfast presence in the local landscape. This year, as they walked the parade route, they embodied the enduring values of Freemasonry: brotherly love, relief, and truth. These principles, which transcend cultural and national boundaries, were reflected in the warm reception from parade onlookers, highlighting the universal appeal of the Masonic tenets.

The participation of Lodge #108 in the St. Patrick's Day festivities is more than a mere march; it's a testament to Freemasonry's role in fostering unity and community engagement. It's an opportunity to educate the public about the history and ongoing contributions of Freemasons in New Jersey and across the United States.

Freemasonry has a storied presence in America, dating back to the early 18th century. New Jersey, in particular, has played a significant role in the fraternity's history, with numerous lodges established across the state over the centuries. These lodges have been integral in community building, philanthropy, and the personal development of their members.

Nationally, Freemasonry has boasted some of the country's most prominent figures among its ranks. In New Jersey, notable Freemasons have included luminaries such as William Livingston, the first Governor of New Jersey and a signatory of the United States Constitution. Joseph Bloomfield, the fourth Governor of New Jersey and a general in the United States Army during the War of 1812, was honored for his service by having the Town of Bloomfield named after him. Across the broader United States, the fraternity's membership has included influential leaders like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, illustrating the profound impact Freemasons have had on the fabric of American society.

The Freemasons' ethos of personal improvement, moral rectitude, and social betterment resonates deeply within the American spirit. Their commitment to these values demonstrated through various charitable activities and community service initiatives, continues to enrich the communities they are part of.

As the Copestone-Ophir Lodge #108 marched in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, they not only celebrated their heritage and shared values with their fellow Kearny residents but also reminded us of the enduring legacy of Freemasonry in America. In their footsteps, they carried the stories of centuries, the dedication of countless individuals to the betterment of society, and the unifying power of shared values and traditions.

The Freemasons of Lodge #108, by joining in the festivities of St. Patrick's Day, underscored a message of unity, diversity, and the enduring strength of community bonds. It's a message that, much like the parade itself, brings together people from all walks of life in celebration of shared heritage and mutual respect.

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