From the Commander of Kadosh (May 2018)

posted May 2, 2018, 11:21 AM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 2, 2018, 11:26 AM ]



      We have a few special days in this month. One of which started with the name Decoration Day, and began after the Civil War in 1868.  This holiday was started by the Grand Army of the Republic which was a union group from Illinois.  They would decorate the graves of the fallen soldiers of war with flowers.  Due to rivaling dates between the Union and Confederates on when this day should fall, there was a date finally set which we know as Memorial Day (the last Monday in May).  This day united the Union and the Confederates in honoring both side’s  fallen soldiers.  This day is not to be confused with Veterans Day which celebrates the U.S. Military Veterans.


We will notice the flag of the United States moving several times this day. In the morning Old Glory will be quickly hoisted to full mast, then ceremoniously lowered to half mast until noon when it will be raised back to full mast for the remainder of the day. The symbolic meaning of the flags movement is one of beauty. While at half mast it is to reminds us of the over 1 million soldiers that have given their life for our country. When the flag is raised at noon it symbolizes the soldiers memory being raised by the living, acknowledging that their efforts were not in vein, allowing us to rise up and to fight for liberty, and justice for all.  Other important days that fall on this month are the Kentucky Derby,  Mothers Day, and Armed Forces Day.