Masons play important role in U.S. history |

Masons play important role in U.S. history

The community should know that the Constitution Day Parade originated, and is still organized by, the Nevada 13 Masonic Lodge of Nevada City. It all started by Bill Lambert – a past master of the lodge in 1969 – when Demar Dundas was master. A third of the delegates who signed the Constitution were Masons and included George Washington, John Blair, David Brearley, William Paterson, Jonathan Dayton, Benjamin Franklin, Gunning Bedford Jr., John Dickinson, Jacob Broom, Rufus King, James McHenry, Daniel Carroll, and Nicholas Gilman. Six other signers joined the fraternity shortly after having signed the document.

Currently, the Constitution Day Parade and the re-enactment of the signing of the Constitution is co-sponsored by the Masons of Nevada City and the government of Nevada City. Beryl Robinson, the retired city manager, is also a member of Nevada 13 Lodge. For the past 14 years, George Harper, with the help of his wife, Pat, has been chairman of the parade. He gets the parade participants, organizes it and directs it.

Bill Kroot has been the chairman of the “Re-enactment of the Signing of the Constitution.” He enlists the participants from the lodge, fits the participants with costumes, gives them their assignments, and briefs them on the procedure.

Elnore Lambert, Col. Bill Lambert’s wife, made the original costumes by hand. As they have worn out, new costumes were ordered and paid for by the brethren of Nevada 13 Masonic lodge.

We should be aware or the role played by Masons in the history of the United States.

William “Bill” Kroot

Rough and Ready

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