Chartered by the Grand Lodge of Virginia, the John A. Lejeune Lodge No. 350 of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons was established in Quantico, Virginia in February 1925. The lodge is named in honor of Lieutenant General John Archer Lejeune, U.S. Marine Corps.
General Lejeune was an exemplary Marine having led combat forces in WWI, guided the establishment of schools at Quantico, and later served as the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
General Lejeune often spoke about the characteristics of Freemasonry – tolerance, brotherly love, obedience to both human and Divine laws, and democracy.
Freemasonry and Marines
The affiliation of Marines with the Masonic fraternity is not without precedence. Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the Corps on 10 November 1775, was at the time an active Masonic Lodge with membership that included not only Benjamin Franklin but Samuel Nicholas, the first commissioned Marine Officer and the first Commandant of Marines.
As the Masons of John A. Lejeune Lodge No. 350 reach our 100th anniversary as part of the Quantico community, and as members of one of the world’s oldest Fraternities, we remain dedicated to the legacy of our namesake and the Masonic virtues of faith, hope, and charity.
Freemasonry is one of the oldest fraternal organizations in the world. Freemasonry was many years ago described as a “system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols.”
The basic purpose of Freemasonry is to make good men better. Freemasonry places emphasis on the individual man. Its mission is strengthening his character, his moral and spiritual outlook, and broadening his mental horizons.
The tenets of Freemasonry – brotherly love, relief. and truth are daily reflected in the actions of Masons demonstrating the virtues of faith, hope, and charity.
Who Would Want to Be A Mason
Who would not be a Mason And wear the apron white? And feel the bonds of friendship The rich and poor unite? To know Masonic virtues, To do Masonic deeds? And sympathetic minister Unto a Brother's needs? Who would not be a Mason And join the brethren true? To see our noble teachings Their glorious work pursue? To feel a bond Fraternal Is theirs where'er they go? And find a hearty welcome As they journey to and fro? Who would not be a Mason A craftsman just and fair, To meet on the Level And part on the Square? To hear the voice of Charity, Where'er our Lodges be? And to know our Grips and Passwords And share in all our glee? Who would not be a Mason To labor day by day? And laboring try to lessen The thorns upon life's way? To help to form a column, All perfect and complete? Fit for building that great Temple Wherein we hope to meet?
by Brother Charles F. Forshaw, M.D.
The Mission of the Grand Lodge of Virginia is to teach and perpetuate a way of life that promotes the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God and to assist Lodges to grow and prosper.
The Vision of the Grand Lodge of Virginia is to be the premier organization composed of men of integrity and character, who are honest, true to their word, believe in God, are devoted to family, charitable in their community, and courteous and helpful to each other.
235 Potomac Avenue, Quantico VA 22134
Meetings: 3rd Monday of every month at 7 p.m., except December when we meet the 2nd Monday.
We look forward to seeing you there.