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Why did you become a Freemason?

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From: "Will Patton" <will@patton-patton.com>
To: <masonry-ask@mit.edu>
Subject: Why I Joined Freemasonry
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2005 21:38:15 -0700

I became a Mason because of my father.

I remember that we visited the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor sometime in 1988 or 1989. A man was standing beside us and he asked my father if he was a Traveling Man. My father said yes and they had a conversation over the next few minutes. Afterwards, I asked him if that happened often because the man was from Australia and they chatted like they had been friends since they were kids. That's when I decided I wanted to become a Mason. Shortly after that, I asked my father how I could become one. He never asked me - he waited until I asked him.

I have been a Master Mason since 1990, and my proudest moment was after I became a Master Mason, my father gave me his ring while we were in lodge. It was the same ring I used to play with when I was a kid.

Will Patton
Morgan Hill Lodge #463

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