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Forget - Me - Not

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As early as the year 1934, soon after Hitlers rise to power, it became apparent Freemasonry was in danger.  In the same year, the German Grand Lodge of the Sun in Beyreuth (one of the pre-war) German Grand Lodges), realized the imminent problems facing them and elected to wear a little blue flower, the Forget~Me~Not, in lieu of the traditional Square and Compasses, as a mark of identity for Masons.  It was felt the new symbol would not attract attention from the Nazis, who were in the process of confiscating and appropriating Masonic Lodges and property.  Masonry had gone underground and it was necessary that the Brethren have some readily recognizable means of identification.

Throughout the entire Nazi era, a little blue flower in the lapel marked a Brother.   In the Concentration Camps and in the cities a little blue Forget~Me~Not distinguished the lapels of those who refused to allow the light of Masonry to be extinguished.

In 1947, when the Grand Lodge of the Sun was reopened in Beyreuth by the Past Grand Master Beyer, a little blue pin, in the shape of a Forget~Me~Not, was proposed and adopted as the official emblem of the first annual convention of those who survived the bitter years of semi-darkness, bringing the Light of Masonry once again into the Temples.

At the Annual Convent of the United Grand Lodge of Germany, A.F. & A. M., in 1948, the pin was adopted as an official Masonic emblem honoring those valiant Brethren who carried their work on under adverse conditions.  At the Grand Masters Conference in the United States, Dr. Theodore Vogel, the Grand Master of the newly formed UGL, A.F. & A.M., presented one of the pins to each of the representatives of the Grand Jurisdictions with which the UGL, A.F. & A.M. enjoyed Fraternal relations.

Thus did a simple  flower blossom forth into a meaningful emblem of the Fraternity and become perhaps the most widely worn pin among Freemasons in Germany.   In most of our Lodges, the Forget~Me~Not is presented to new Master Masons, at which times its history is briefly touched upon.

 

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This article was taken from "The American - Canadian Trestleboard"