The Grand Lodge Officers dedicated a Masonic Memorial at Westlawn-Hillcrest Cemetery in Omaha on Saturday, October 8, 2016. The Memorial was donated by Centennial Lodge No. 326 in memory of Worshipful Brother Philip O. Edwards, a Past Master and longtime Secretary of the Lodge, who passed away on January 16, 2016.
Centennial Lodge has had a partnership with Westlawn-Hillcrest Cemetery since 2007 when they began placing American Flags on Veterans graves for the Memorial Day Weekend. Worship Brother Phil was instrumental in getting the Flag Project started and, in its 10 years, it has grown to more than 8,000 flags being placed and removed each year by nearly 250 volunteers comprised of Masons, Masonic appendant bodies, Masonic youth groups, Boy and Girl Scouts, church groups, veterans, and citizens of the greater Omaha area.
The new Memorial replaces a simple cement square and compass that was in the ground that was not well maintained. Over the years, Centennial Lodge brothers talked of replacing the cement square and compass and were motivated to do so on the passing of W.B. Phil. The result is a very fitting tribute to the Masonic Family and the epitome of a Master Mason, Worshipful Brother Philip O. Edwards.