Wise Master

Brothers. 

Portrait of Sean McCuen, 32°

June stated was our cap and ring ceremony. What an excellent opportunity to make those first impressions on new members, by showing support through attending the event. There are not very many times in life where the simple act of being physically present can have such an impact. As a Valley we come together and help instill a sense of gravity and importance on the new Brothers. An attitude of gratitude for these Brothers joining our ranks helps them realize the importance of the organization they have joined. I ask all Brothers to please pay close attention to upcoming events and set aside time to attend. 

Fraternally, 

Sean McCuen, 32° 
Wise Master 

Message from the Wise Master – November 2018

Happy November, Brethren,

Last weekend I passed by a cellphone store and saw this “Military & Veterans plan” advertisement.  It reminded me that Veteran’s Day is coming.  The respect Americans show to their military personnel has really amazed me.   People call those who have served in the military “heroes” and never fail to appreciate them for their services.  

There are two major holidays dedicated to those who have served in our armed forces – the Memorial Day in May and the Veteran’s Day in November.  I always confused them.  It appears to me that people celebrate both days with barbecues and music festivals to honor those who have served in the military.  So what’s the difference?  This year I decided to do some research.  And I found out these two holidays are made for whole different purposes.

Veteran’s Day, formerly called Armistice Day, commemorates the signing of the armistice on November 11, 1918, that officially ended World War I. That war was called “the war to end all wars,” but we all know it turned out to be sadly inaccurate. Veteran’s Day is a day to thank and honor those who have served in our military.  It is the day to thank your veteran friends and families for their service.

Memorial Day dates back to the Civil War, in which an unimaginable 620,000 soldiers were killed. For perspective, that’s about the same number of people that live in Anaheim, Fullerton, Placentia, and Yorba Linda together today, a death toll huge enough to force the creation of national cemeteries.

The holiday used to be called Decoration Day because many people would spend the day placing decorations and flags on the graves of fallen soldiers. The name was changed in 1971, perhaps because so many of the fallen in the Vietnam War could not be brought home, and have no graves to decorate.

To most of us those two holidays seem the same.  But to many veterans, they are significantly different. Memorial Day is for remembering and honoring those who never had the chance to become veterans. That one day a year is all they and their loved ones have left.  So I figured.  Don’t treat Memorial Day as a day to honor our troops currently serving in the military. It’s not a day for them. As the word “Memorial” tells us, it’s a day for remembering and honoring those who sacrificed their lives in battle and are no longer among us.

But for every other day, especially the upcoming Veteran’s Day, let us thank our veterans and support our troops.

Fraternally,

Yungfan “Philip” Liu, 32°
Wise Master

Message from the Wise Master – October 2018

Happy October Brethren,

Our Valley was very busy last month. Besides our regular Stated Meeting we held our Fall Reunion Class and our Super Breakfast. These events all went well thanks to your support. I want to thank each of you for the investment of some of your precious free time to help our Valley to grow.

Speaking of our Reunion Class, I still have pleasant memories of my class in 2015. I always wanted to express how thankful I was to the degree teams for their effort. Their work has greatly influenced me and helped make me a better person. They built me a “bridge to light” and afterwards wanted to pass that light on to our new members. This desire is why I immediately joined our degree team.

My Brothers think about how much effort the degree teams put in to make our degrees first-class. Think about how hard they have worked, and will continue to work, to give our candidates the very best performance. Remember that each of them have jobs, families, and other important obligations to take care of as all of us do and yet they still give of their time to our degree teams, the valley, and our members.

Next time we gather please take a moment to thank them for all of their hard work. Remember also that they can always use some additional help so, please let the team members know if you are interested in assisting with our degrees. Your participation will not only help our degree teams but it will also help you to obtain a better understanding of masonry and strengthen our Valley as well.

Fraternally,

Yungfan “Philip” Liu, 32º
Wise Master