On the 25th April 2017 in the presence of His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent and many other distinguished visitors a very special ceremony took place outside Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street, London to remember 64 Freemasons who received the Victoria Cross for their sacrifice during the Great War.
The Freemasons being recognised represent an astonishing 1 in 10 of all VC’s awarded during The Great War, and that figure becomes 1 in 6 when including those awarded to Freemasons who were members of other Grand Lodges globally.
This special event was hosted by Broadcaster and journalist Katie Derham. In attendance were Brigadier Willie Shackell, Grand Secretary of the United Grand Lodge of England, other military dignitaries and current family members of the VC recipients.
During the event, the audience was entertained by The Band of The Grenadier Guards who performed military anthems as well as The North London Military Wives Choir, while footage from World War One was shown on a large screen.
The ceremony is part of celebrations, marking this year’s 300th anniversary of The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) as well as looking ahead to 2018’s 100th anniversary of the end of WW1