Remembering Those Who Have Passed This Way Before Us
In early 1938, soon after Hitler’s rise to power, it became evident that Freemasonry was in danger. In that same year, the ‘Grand Lodge of The Sun’ ( one of the pre-war German Grand Lodges, located in Bayreuth) realizing the grave dangers involved, adopted the little blue Forget-Me-Not flower as a substitute for the traditional square and compasses. It was felt the flower would provide brethren with an outward means of identification while lessening the risk of possible recognition in public by the Nazi’s, who were engaged in wholesale confiscation of all Masonic Lodge properties. Freemasonry went undercover, and this delicate flower assumed it’s role as a symbol of Masonry, surviving throughout the reign of darkness.
During the ensuing decade of Nazi power a little blue Forget-Me-Not flower worn in a Brothers lapel served as one method whereby brethren could identify each other in public, and in cities and concentration camps throughout Europe, the Forget-Me-Not distinguished the lapels of countless who staunchly refused to allow the symbolic Light of Masonry to be completely distinguished.
When the ‘Grand Lodge of the Sun’ was reopened in Bayreuth in 1947, by Past Grand Master Beyer, a little pin in the shape of a Forget-Me-Not was officially adopted as the emblem of that first annual convention of the brethren who had survived the bitter years of semi-darkness to rekindle the Masonic Light.
At the first Annual Convent of the new United Grand Lodge of Germany (VGLvD),in 1948, the pin was adopted as an official Masonic emblem in honor of the thousands of valiant Brethren who carried on their Masonic work under adverse conditions. The following year, each delegate to the Conference of Grand Masters in Washington, D.C., received one from Dr. Theodor Vogel, Grand Master of the VGLvD. Thus did a simple flower blossom forth into a symbol of the fraternity, and become perhaps the most widely worn emblem among Freemasons in Germany; a pin presented ceremoniously to newly-made Masons in most of our lodges. In the years since adoption, it’s significance worldwide has been attested to by the tens of thousands of Brethren who now display it with meaning pride.