Freemasons mark Anzac Day

Last updated 05:00 24/04/2014
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SOLEMN: Members of the Freemasons Lodge take part in Anzac commemorations at the Masonic Lodge on Maltby Ave.

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Anzac commemorations took place at the Masonic Lodge in Timaru on Monday.

The ceremony at the lodge in Maltby Ave saw the participation of more than 60 freemasons.

President of the Freemasons lodge in Timaru, Ian Dryden, said the commemoration was annual.

"We have these commemorations every year and people lay down crosses, poppies and wreaths in the memory of soldiers who fought and perished."

According to the Freemasons website, among the thousands of Anzacs were a large number of Freemasons.

"Some had only become entered apprentices or fellowcrafts before embarking on the troopships out of Sydney and Auckland.

"Others were master masons and officers in their respective lodges."

Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest and largest fraternal organisation, and it is an organisation of men who adopt the principles of integrity, goodwill and charity.

According to their website, it is a non-profit organisation widely involved in supporting charity and community.

It emphasises universal harmony and does not discuss politics or religion, and it is open to all men over the age of 21 years.

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- The Timaru Herald

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