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Three Shrine Temples Host Tri-Temple Ceremonial to Celebrate 100 Years
By Tourism Industry Partner
Approximately 50 years ago the three Shrine Temples in Oklahoma; India, Akdar and Bedouin; held the first Tri-Temple Ceremonial. To celebrate both Akdar and Bedouins 100 Year Anniversary, the city of Muskogee will have the distinct honor of hosting the third Tri-Temple Ceremonial on August 13th. The day’s activities will include a Masonic parade beginning at 10:00 am, led by one of Bedouins own, Oklahoma’s Deputy Grand Master Randy Rogers. He will be accompanied by representatives from numerous Masonic Lodges, the Scottish and York Rites from across the state, and will be immediately followed by the three Shrine Temples parade units. To honor all Masons and Shriners across the United States, there will be Fifty Oklahoma Masons carrying the fifty state flags of our great Nation leading the parade.
In honor of this special event, the “Shrine Arch Degree” will be presented by the ceremonial team from Ararat Shrine Temple from Kansas City, Missouri at the Muskogee High School Performing Arts Center Saturday August 13th at 2:30 PM. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this rare event.
The Shrine Arch Degree will consolidate and orchestrate the Fraternal qualities and values into a unique educational and entertaining production, allowing the candidate, his lady, family, friends and guests to experience an impressive and everlasting positive image of the shrine and Shriners Hospitals for Children. This will prove to be a fantastic event that you don’t want to miss.
The three Shrine Temples in Oklahoma currently support thousands of children throughout the entire state of Oklahoma, and since its founding in 1922, Shriners Hospitals for Children® has treated more than one million children in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a one of a kind international health care system of hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Children under the age of 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for admission, and receive all care in a family centered environment at no charge to the patient or family.
Stephen Willcox, Potentate Bedouin Shriners
Greg Schuler or Stephen Willcox, Muskogee Bedouin Shrine, 918.682-2761