After George Washington joined the FreeMason Fraternal Order he became members of the Fredericksburg, Virginia and the Alexandria-Washington lodges.
On June 5, 1922, the cornerstone of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial was established. The memorial was built to honor the time that President George Washington spent at the Fredericksburg and Alexandria lodges. President Calvin Coolidge and former President William H. Taft, performed the cornerstone ceremonies in front of thousands of Freemasons.
Presently the temple hosts hundreds of artifacts in relation to former President George Washington. The top tower has stained glass windows and a suit of armor.
There are two additional George Washington Monuments, in the D.C. Metro Area. The first noumena was built in Baltimore and the other wine was built by the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
My great uncle William “Bill” Henry Russell had served as a U.S. Air Force Pilot in World War II, the Korean War and in the Vietnam War. After over thirty years of service, William Russell achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. My great uncle passed away in Hampton Roads, Virginia In July 2009. Bill’s wife Lillian Newkirk passed away in 2014.
In October 2009 and in 2014, William and Lillian were buried in the Arlington National Cemetery where Presidents William Howard Taft and John Fitzgerald Kennedy are buried.