The Rev Bernard Buttery walking into the Masonic Memorial Garden with members of the Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge of Staffordshire
A GARDEN commemorating Freemasons who fought for their country has been dedicated at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
The Masonic Memorial Garden was dedicated at the Alreways arboretum by the Pro Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England, Peter Geoffrey Lowndes, assisted by the Provincial Grand Chaplain the Reverend Bernard Buttery in the presence of over 200 invited guests.
The ceremony’s guests included Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire Ian Dudson, the Mayor of the Borough of East Staffordshire Beryl Toon and the Mayor of Tamworth Ken Norchi, as well as the Deputy Grand Master Johnathan Spence, the Assistant Grand Master Sir David Hugh Wootton and the Provincial Grand Master of Staffordshire John Lockley.
The garden commemorates Freemasons who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice in helping to defend our nation in two World Wars and other conflicts.
Many people have been involved in the work to design and build the garden, and one Freemason, Eddie Ford from Burton-upon-Trent, has worked tirelessly to see the project to fruition.