Lodge Enterprise No.400 April 2013 “ANZAC” Meeting
On the 25th of April,” ANZAC” day, Australians and New Zealanders will remember the sacrifices made by all members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC)Forces that have fought in wars since the First World War. Those men who gave their all in the name of Freedom, King and Country.
“They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old, age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.
Lest we forget.
Lodge Enterprise No 400, by holding its meeting on the 1st Wednesday of each month, becomes the first Masonic Lodge in District 41 to holds its Anzac Memorial Night in each year.
The Worshipful Master, V. Wor.Bro. Barry Stephenson opened the Lodge at 7pm. He then carried out the business portion of the meeting, after which he admitted and welcomed all visiting masons. An alarm was sounded at the door of the Lodge and, after answering the alarm, it was announced that the District Grand Inspector of Workings, V. Wor. Bro. Gary Herrett was in attendance. He was duly admitted and welcomed by the W. Master. After further words of welcome were extended by the W. Master, he closed the Lodge and all exited the lodge room.
After the storage of regalia, all re-entered the lodge room to hear V. Wor. Bro. Herrett give a very interesting talk, assisted by short videos and photographs, on the “Battle of Long Tan” fought during the Vietnam conflict. Those present could not help feeling a sense of pride in the Australian Army for its gallantry, and respect for its dedication and sacrifice.
At the conclusion of the talk an ANZAC Memorial Service was held. After the singing of hymns, playing of the Last Post, recitation of The Ode, a minutes silence and Reveille, the W. Master carried a wreath , escorted by the Director of Ceremonies, around the lodge room, with the brethren falling in behind after taking a piece of evergreen. On arriving at the Cenotaph the W. Master laid the wreath and paid his respect by bowing his head and standing at the sign of fidelity. The brethren followed in single file, each placing their evergreen at the Cenotaph and also paying their respects in the same manner. Throughout the ceremony the Enterprise Orchestra, accompanied by W.Bro. John Ross from Lodge City of Newcastle, who played bagpipes, provided its usual excellent and moving music.
The Festive Board was enjoyed by all who stayed to partake of the Aussie menu, including lamingtons, ably prepared by the caterer.
After the presentation of the usual toasts and hearing the responses, the Junior Warden gave his final toast of the night, ending another memorable and enjoyable meeting.