Masonic Introduction to Washington DC

Dates: September 11-15 2019
Washington D.C. 2019

9-11-19 Day 1 (Wednesday)
Check-In, Orientation to historic Georgetown neighborhood near Convention Center
Light Dinner 5-7 – Reception 7:30-9:30pm

9-12-19 Day 2 (Thursday) undefined
[Included Meals B, D ]
Depart at 9:00AM
Depart by bus to a tour of the Capital then to House of the Temple
The tour will start in the morning by exploring the inside of US Capitol which resides the American Congress. The fascinating structure of the building was built in the year 1793. Continue to its longest serving library named as the Library of Congress and Supreme Court Building. We will also have a chance to visit the surrounding area of the White House. Lunch will be on your own today in D.C. In the afternoon, we will visit the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial.

9-13-19 Day 3 (FRIDAY)
[Included Meals B,L, D ]
Morning is free for your to explore D.C. on your own. We will depart the hotel at 11:300AM we will visit old town Alexandria where we wll have lunch at Gadsby’s Tavern & Museum. After lunch, you will have a chance to explore Old town Alexandria on your own. In the afternoon, we to meet up together again and will visit the George Washington Masonic National Memorial (heavy hors d’oeuvres provided GWMNM). A light dinner box will be provided.

9-14-19 DAY 4 (Saturday)
Meals Included [B, D]
We will depart the hotel at 9:00AM to visit Alexandria Arlington National Cemetery. Then proceed to visit the Pentagon. Lunch will be on your own today. In the afternoon, we will transfer you back to the hotel where you will have a chance to explore the D.C. area on your own. In the evening, we will depart the hotel and enjoy the evening on the Potomac River with buffet dinner cruise.

9-15-19 DAY 5 (Sunday)
Meals Included [B] We will transfer from the hotel to Washington National Cathedral for Sunday Service before departing for home.

$999 / per person double occupancy
$899/ per person triple occupancy
$1399/ per person single occupancy

Inclusions:
4 Nights Hotel at the Hilton Garden Inn Georgetown (D.C.)
Bus Transportation
Step on Tour Guide Services
Meals as specified in the itinerary

Exclusions:

  • Admissions to: George Washington Masonic National Memorial
  • Public transportation when exploring the city on your own and expenses incurred on your free time
  • Optional excursions such as Trolley Tours

Open to All Masons & their domestic partners – Deadline July 3rd
Limited Space -Don’t Delay – Reserve your space today!
Contact Michelle mchen[@]lassentours.com 310.748.8547 [corporate cell that will take
texts] http://www.lassentours.com
Michelle can also book your flights and sell you travel insurance for this special trip.

Further Descriptions:
Mission Masonic Lodge No 169 missionlodge169.com
DC Trip Mission Lodge coordinators: Chris Collins cmcollins[@]gatesf.com
Augusto Tagaro PM atagaro[@]netzero.com
Tour Guide for some days Mark Wright PM

House of the Temple of the Scottish Rite
1733 Sixteenth Street, NW
The building is an adaptation of the famous Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”. The architect John Russell Pope (1874 –1937) was responsible for other impressive local works including the National Archives, Jefferson Memorial and the West Building of the National Gallery of Art building. The roof is a 13 step pyramid without the point as found on the back of the dollar bill, the pyramid not only surmounts the internal dome 8 floors above the temple within, but also serves as the eye of Horas on some esoteric street and monument maps of Washington DC. Pope’s instructions were simply to design the most beautiful building in the world.

The iconic twin stone sphinxes at the ceremonial entry were carved in place by Adolph Alexander Weinman who is best-known for designing the Walking Liberty and Winged Mercury coins. The House of the Temple abounds in ancient, symbols such as nine-pointed stars, two-headed eagles and images of the Greek god Hermes. A stained-glass window bears the ancient Egyptian “all-seeing eye.” Modeled on a Greek-style temple, the building contains no metal girders—just stone, as the ancients would have constructed it.
The massive limestone facade is ringed with 33 Ionic columns. The number 33 proliferates in Masonic ritual, but this use is left unexplained which enhances its mystery. The human spinal column has 33 vertebrae. The UN emblem divides the earth into 33 sectors. Jewish mysticism’s Kaballah holds 33 in high esteem as it fully emcompasses the paths on the Tree of Life. Jesus is in the New Testament is said to have performed 33 miracles and rose to heaven after rising on the 3rd day at age 33. The humm of the earth is also known as the Shuman resonance, according to Scott Onstat the human body vibrates at 33 octaves has 32 overtones above this frequency. [www.carnaval.com/432]
The dark green marble floors of the atrium lead to a grand staircase and a bust of Scottish Rite leader Albert Pike, a former Confederate general who spent 32 years developing Masonic rituals and synthesizing wisdom from the past. Pike remains a controversial figure, particularly among Masonic conspiracy detractors who allege he was a racist or saw virtue in the myth of Satan. Secret initiations have been important if misunderstood part of recorded history for many millennium whose legacy members are content to keep to themselves.

32° Scottish Rite Freemasonry is a fraternity of Brothers committed to going deeper into the highest principles, teachings, and ideals of the Masonic craft. It is open to all Master Masons looking to continue the journey of self-discovery and finding a deeper sense of purpose. As Freemasons, we believe in something greater than ourselves, and strive to be good men who want to be better.
https://scottishrite.org/headquarters/visitors/

Old Alexandria
On the Potomac River within eyesight of Washington, D.C., Alexandria, VA is nationally recognized for its rich history and beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture—an extraordinary backdrop for acclaimed, chef-driven restaurants; a thriving boutique scene; vibrant arts and culture; and a welcoming, walkable lifestyle. Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money magazine, a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. 2018 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, and one of the South’s Prettiest Cities 2018 by Southern Living, https://www.visitalexandriava.com

Gadsby’s Tavern & Museum
Gadsby’s Tavern & Museum is a historic site at 138 North Royal Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia that includes a restaurant & museum. A remarkable number of influential Masons have met here since the 1760s. The museum is part of the American Whiskey Trail, which provides an educational journey into the history and cultural heritage of distilled spirits in American society.
Return on your own option
Metrorail In addition to the central King St-Old Town Metrorail station, Alexandria is serviced by three other stations: Braddock Road, Eisenhower Ave, and Van Dorn Street. To get to downtown D.C. from Alexandria, take the Yellow Line toward Greenbelt or Fort Totten, or take the Blue Line toward Largo Town Center or Stadium-Armory. Check out the Metrorail system map and WMATA’s official trip planner to plot the best route to your destination.

0 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA Located behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Approximate trip time: 30 min Last Boat departs 9:05pm https://www.potomacriverboatco.com/water-taxi/wharf/

George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria.
Just two minutes from the Alexandria Metro, the stunning thirty-six-acre grounds of the GWMNM is situated on a hill overlooking Old Town Alexandria, the Potomac River, and Washington, D.C. The tower is said to be precisely 333 feet tall, and is supposedly meant to be parallel to modeled upon the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”. The building consists of nine floors, which are dedicated to Washington, the history of Freemasonry, rites and rituals, and additional related bodies. The main hall features a large statue of George Washington in Masonic regalia, housed within Egyptian temple-style architecture. The first and second floors are freely open to the public, and hourly docent-led tours of the upper floors are available. Upon request is a floor to see with memorabilia from the Knights of the Templar, including stunning stained-glass windows which depicted the order. Our final stop was to the observatory on the top floor, which features exterior walkways showing us a 360° view of the Potomac River, Washington, and Alexandria.

Admission to the Memorial is $15. Photo ID required. Children aged 12 and under are admitted to the Memorial for free, and must be accompanied by an adult. A discount of $1 off admission is available for Freemasons hailing from our Supporting Grand Lodges upon presentation of a valid dues card.
Daily Tours Five tours run daily at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. Our guided tours are one hour in length and explore five or more areas of the Memorial, including several exhibit rooms and the Observation Deck.

The site In 1999, the large Square and Compasses emblem was added to the front lawn, a visible sign to the Masonic nature of the Memorial. The Memorial Hall and the Memorial Theater served as filming locations for the movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets.]
On November 1, 1923, the Memorial’s cornerstone was dedicated in a Masonic ceremony. President Calvin Coolidge, former President and Chief Justice William H. Taft and numerous other dignitaries performed the ceremony before a crowd of thousands of Freemasons from around the nation. The onset of the Great Depression did not stop work on the Memorial. For over 10 years, Freemasons steadily and faithfully contributed to the construction of the Memorial. On May 12, 1932, the bicentennial year of George Washington’s birth, the dedication of the Memorial took place with President Herbert Hoover participating. You can honor both the past and the future by becoming part of the GWMNM 2023 Landmark Century Campaign

Arlington National Cemetery:
Walking tour includes stops at President JFK’s grave site, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where you will witness the time honored tradition of the Changing of Guard Ceremony, and Arlington House – the home and National Memorial of General Robert E. Lee. We don’t just show you the sites: we tell you the stories. Come along on this family-friendly tour of one of this nation’s most sacred grounds.
Just North of the Cemetery is The Marine Corps War Memorial in Rosslyn is visited by over 1 million annually.

Pentagon visit is from the outside. Witness the Pentagon Memorial which is built to honor the people who lost their lives in 911.

Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial which was built in honor of the sixteenth American president Abraham Lincoln; guests can also witness the captivating site of the Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol, and Reflecting Pool from the Lincoln Memorial. We will then take our guests to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Memorial which were built to honor the American troops who fought for their country.

Old Post Office Pavilion
Old Post Office Pavilion at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Old Post Office has long been a standout in the DC skyline and you can see its clock tower rising 315′ (96 m), well above all the surrounding buildings except the Washington Obelisk. Though DC residents might call it the Old Post Office out of habit, it now houses the Trump International Hotel. Even though it has been renovated into a luxury hotel, the Old Post Office Pavilion Clock Tower remains open to the public and run by the National Park Service and offers the best views of Washington DC. Hours of Operation: 9 am – 5 pm
daily (last entry is at 4:30 pm] highlight of the Old Post Office Pavilion is its 315 foot Clock Tower and unparalleled vistas. Offering a sweeping 360 degree view, National Park Service Rangers give free Clock Tower tours everyday! From individuals to large tour groups, all are welcome.
The Old Post Office Clock Tower also proudly houses the official United States Bells of Congress, a bicentennial gift from England celebrating the end of the Revolutionary War. The Washington Ringing Society sounds the Bells of Congress every Thursday evening and on special occasions. http://oldpostofficedc.com

Image Credits flickr.com/photos/ncindc/2592238772