Wreath-laying ceremony

Freemasons from throughout Rhode Island and their guests met at the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery in Exeter on Nov. 11 to lay a wreath at the Masonic Veterans Memorial.

IMG 0331 lrThe wreath-laying ceremony was conducted by Stephen T. McGuire, Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons for Rhode Island, who spoke about the sacrifices all veterans have made in service to the country. Thomas R. Yeaw, Right Worshipful Grand Chaplin for the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island, offered a prayer. A color guard from Overseas Lodge No. 40 presented the American flag.

The wreath-laying ceremony was preceded by a breakfast at Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 4 in North Kingstown.

The Masonic Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 2006. Wreaths are placed at the memorial each Veterans Day and Memorial Day.