Lincolnshire’s Freemasons have signed the Armed Forces Covenant in recognition of the high regard in which we hold for the armed forces – a tangible demonstration of a continued commitment to those who serve.
The landmark document was signed by Provincial Grand Master Dave Wheeler on behalf of the Freemasons, and on behalf of the Ministry of Defence by Maj. Mitch Pegg, Commanding Officer of 4 (Lincolnshire) Company, 3rd Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment.
Dave Wheeler said: “Our Lodges, through the centuries, have always had a close relationship with those who serve in the armed forces. Servicemen have found that our values of integrity, friendship, respect and charity are a natural fit with their own, and many ex-servicemen comment that the camaraderie they find in a lodge is second only to what they have experienced whilst serving.
“It is also true to say the the experiences and friendships they form help a much wider cross-section of society to better understand the military; its ethos and its purpose.
“I am delighted to have formally recognised, in this document, the relationship that has always existed between our great institutions.”
Provincial Grand Secretary Tony Miller added: “Freemasonry’s charities have a long and proud history of supporting the Armed Forces, and our decision to make this commitment through the covenant will enhance this support in the years ahead.”