Thanks to Bro. Fred Van Dyk
The theme of this year's Independence Day parade was Treasures
of America. Utilizing this theme, we decided to center on the
importance of the Declaration of Independence. This idea allowed
us to use both the theme of the parade and Freemasonry into one
The Declaration of Independence is certainly a Treasure of America
and it is documented that nine signers of the Declaration were Freemasons.
Thus the vision was set - "Fidelity Lodge Honors Our Brother
Masons Who Signed the Declaration". The float included the
final sentence of the Declaration - "We pledge to each other
our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor" - to remind people
of the sacrifice the members of the Continental Congress made to
advance our independence from England. The names of the nine signers
were also included on the float: Benjamin Franklin, William Whipple,
William Ellery, George Walton, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine,
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes and New Jersey's own Richard Stockton.
On Saturday, July 2nd, final preparation of the displays were
completed and on Sunday, July 3rd, the flatbed arrived and we laid
out the final display. Final assembly was made at the parade site
and we rolled off with about 150 members of the Masons, Eastern
Star, DeMolay, Order of Rainbow and the Shriners motor corps.
After the parade, everyone returned to the lodge for the annual
July 4th Barbecue.