National Sojourners Inc. and Air and Space Forces Assoc. Honor Masonic Vietnam Veterans

By Brother Dennis Krahn, National Sojourners, President Milwaukee Chapter #27 

Milwaukee Chapter #27 and Truax Chapter #197 of National Sojourners Inc. had the distinct privilege of welcoming Vietnam Era Masonic Veterans who served on Active, Reserve or Guard duty between 1955 and 1975 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Along with the Billy Mitchell Chapter #247 of the Air and Space Forces Association, who are a Commemorative Partner with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration we were privileged to honor Vietnam Masonic Veterans and their surviving spouses. 

Brother Dennis Krahn, President of the Milwaukee Chapter, opens a special lodge of Military Recognition

This National Commemoration was authorized by Congress, established under the Secretary of Defense, and launched in 2012. Its primary purpose: to humbly thank and honor Vietnam Veterans for their service and sacrifice. Today, we join thousands of communities throughout our Nation in doing just that. 

The event took place at the Brookfield Masonic Center. 

Brother Joe Scites (left) receives a pin from Brother George Jozwiak as Prince Hall PGM Minor King III looks on

A special lodge of Military Recognition was opened by Bro. Dennis Krahn, President of Milwaukee Chapter #27, including the Color Guard from the Milwaukee NCO Inc. Everyone joined in the singing of our National Anthem, and Pledge of Allegiance. 

The Toast to our Flag given by Colonel Robert Roth (Past National President of National Sojourners Inc). SSGT Vic Johnson and all National Sojourners had the distinct privilege to present Commemorative pins to the Masonic Veterans, and their spouses. 

Presenting the Colors from left: Bob Sorrell, Richard Mostowick and Jose Ruiz

The Milwaukee NCO Organization retired our Nation’s Colors, and SGT James Brinks (USMC) performed a very heartwarming rendition of TAPS. 

Brother Jeremy Mathis and Brother George Jozwiak fold the flag

All retired to the cafeteria of the Brookfield Masonic Center for coffee and refreshments. Veteran’s spoke freely about their time as members of the US armed forces, and about all we do as Masonic Veterans. 

If you are interested in receiving a special commemorative pin, please contact the Milwaukee Chapter #27 Secretary at [email protected]