Originally Published at Conspiracy Archive on 2008/08/31

From The New Age Magazine, December 1969 (pp. 34-6):

Astronaut Visits Grand Commander

The history of Masonry in the space age took another step forward on September 16, 1969, when Astronaut Brother Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., 32°, visited the House of the Temple in Washington. Accompanied by his father, Edwin E. Aldrin, Sr., also a Scottish Rite Mason, Astronaut Aldrin paused in his busy schedule to greet Grand Commander Smith and to present to him the handmade Scottish Rite flag he had taken to the moon.

The flag is made of white silk, measures 22 x 30 centimeters, and is edged by a band of gold. It is embroidered with the words “The Supreme Council, 33°, Southern Jurisdiction, USA” and the motto “Deus Meumque Jus.” It is also decorated with the double-headed eagle, the crown of the Thirty-third Degree, the insignia of the Sovereign Grand Commander, and the insignia of a Master Mason.

On that historic lunar flight from July 16 to 24, 1969, the presence of this flag symbolized Masonry’s universal importance. When man reaches new worlds, Masonry will be there.

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Mrs. Smith, Grand Commander Luther A. Smith, and Aldrin

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Kleinknecht welcomes Aldrin

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Astronaut Aldrin presents the flag (left to right): Grand Commander Smith, Brother Aldrin (Aldrin’s father), C. Fred Kleinknecht, Jr., C. F. Kleinknecht, Sr., and Buzz Aldrin

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Grand Commander Smith and Aldrin