Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Centennial Memory #6: Crusade Band Performs For President

To celebrate the DeMolay Centennial, PA DeMolay will be counting down 100 memories worth celebrating that took place within the DeMolay Chapters and Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania.

One of the Centennial Memories from quite some time ago involved Crusade Chapter's Band. In that post, they were featured in the Scranton Night performance at Madison Square Garden. In today's memory, the Chapter's Band performed for the President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt. The occasion was a Birthday Ball for the President held in Scranton, PA, which was to aid sufferers of infantile paralysis. The event was held at the L.A. Watres armory. That name should sound familiar, as Col. Louis A. Watres was a Past Executive Officer of PA DeMolay and a Past Grand Master of DeMolay. Below you will find the article from the March 1935 issue of the DeMolay Cordon. Thank you to Pilgrim Chapter for this find, as this issue of the Cordon was not one we had in our possession until recently.

Until next time - "Dad" Joe Pullin

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