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The Masonic Lodge 24 laid down a memorial walkway for the flagpole at the entrance of Fort Meigs in Perrysburg on Tuesday.
There will be a ceremony at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 that will raise a replica 1812 flag, raised by reenactors dressed in that time period's uniform. The flag then will be retired later in the evening before two current members of the military will put up a current United States flag.
Fort Meigs historian Barney Stickles said the ceremony is to honor the Army Lodge No. 24 – the first Masonic Lodge in the area during that war. There was only one Masonic Army Lodge during the War of 1812, and that was the Fort Meigs location.
The lodge received their official charter on September 13, 1813 – the exact date 20 years later for this celebration.
"It was important this was the first Mason Lodge to open in the area, and it all started at Fort Meigs," Mr. Stickles said.
After the ceremony at 7 p.m. Sept. 13, there will be a reception dinner for $25. Mr. Stickles said the Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder has been invited because he recently helped obtained a tax exemption for the Masonic Lodge's real estate. It is unclear whether Mr. Batchelder will attend.
The Blade is one of the sponsors of the project. Materials cost $3,500, and there was volunteer labor from the Northern Light Lodge No. 40 in Maumee. The ceremony will recognize Wood County Lodge No. 112 in Bowling Green and Phoenix Lodge No. 123 in Perrysburg.