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Michigan Grand Master Orders Black Draped Altar for 33rd Degree Freemason Ford

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Michigan Masons honor ex-colleague Gerald Ford


SAGINAW, Mich. Freemasons across the state are honoring the memory of one of their former colleagues, ex-President Gerald Ford.

The grand master of the state's 335 Masonic lodges has told them to perform a brief memorial ceremony at their January meetings.

They'll be putting a black drape over the altar and observing a moment of silence.

Ford and his three half-brothers took their initiation into the fraternal organization at a lodge in Grand Rapids in 1949.

At his death, he was a 33rd-degree Mason.

Thirteen other presidents were Masons, including George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman.


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