On The Level Podcast

Interview With R∴ W∴ Steven Silvers: Honoring Tradition and Unity

January 27, 2024 Christopher Burns Season 2 Episode 17
On The Level Podcast
Interview With R∴ W∴ Steven Silvers: Honoring Tradition and Unity
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Unlock the mysteries of a revered tradition with our special guest, Right Worshipful Stephen Silver's from Hillsborough Lodge, as we share an enlightening conversation on 'On the Level.' Stephen takes us back to the inception of Hudson's Heroes in 2016, under the leadership of Grandmaster Stan Hudson, and walks us through the cherished rituals and touching moments that have since defined the group. From the solemn act of laying wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to honoring the legacy at George Washington's final resting place, this episode is imbued with the deep respect and unity that masonry fosters among its brethren.

Feel the weight of history and the warmth of fellowship in this episode, as Stephen's vivid storytelling brings to life the ceremonies that both commemorate our past and strengthen the bonds within the masonic community. The traditions we explore are not just rituals; they are the threads that weave together the values and camaraderie at the heart of masonry. Join us, and Right Worshipful Silver's, as we pay homage to these timeless practices and the sense of brotherhood they perpetuate among masons everywhere.

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Speaker 1:

Hey, chris, yeah, fred, what's a Mason?

Speaker 2:

That's a really good question, fred.

Speaker 1:

You've reached the internet's home for all things masonry. Join Chris and I as we plumb the depths of our ancient craft, from the common gavel to the trowel. Nothing is off the table, so grab your tools and let's get to work. This is On the Level. Well, chris, we are. We just continue to roll through. There. It is the Rebel Yell one more time. Well, that was an awesome interview with Jeremy Incredible. We are definitely going to have him back. There's no doubt about it.

Speaker 2:

He is a lifer we are definitely going to harass him and follow him around until he says yes again.

Speaker 1:

So we'll get him back on the show, no matter what. Steve brother, how?

Speaker 2:

are you.

Speaker 1:

It's good to see you. You cannot hear me. You should be able to hear me loud and clear man.

Speaker 2:

We have, oh it could be check and make sure you're plugged in fully here. Now we're good, oh there you go, there you go.

Speaker 1:

You're going to have to speak right into that microphone, brother.

Speaker 2:

This is actually one of our very close neighbors from Hillsborough Lodge. Hillsborough Lodge yeah.

Speaker 1:

We met up there at the symposium last year.

Speaker 2:

It was the first time I met you. Yeah, that was a lot of fun. We had a great time Right worshipful. Yes, Stephen Silver's.

Speaker 1:

Stephen Silver's. Yeah, yeah.

Speaker 2:

Well, thanks for having me on.

Speaker 1:

Hey, no problem. No problem at all, man, we want to get as many people on as we possibly can. All right, so give us the skinny.

Speaker 3:

John was talking a little bit about the history of so originally this started out in 2016, when Stan Hudson became the grandmaster of Masons of Florida.

Speaker 1:

Right, you were a district deputy.

Speaker 2:

there I was a district deputy for him.

Speaker 3:

Bill was a district deputy for him. Yes, we were also district instructors at the same time the year before.

Speaker 1:

Right.

Speaker 3:

And several of the other guys that are here were also Really District deputies for Stan. We were known as Hudson's Heroes. Okay, and after Stan's opportunity to sit in the grand east at the Grand Lodge of Florida, Bill came up with this idea hey, let's go to Washington. And because we wanted to visit the guys from Potomac, number five and attend their installation. Oh, and while we're at it, since we're going to be here for a few days, let's do a few things.

Speaker 2:

Right.

Speaker 3:

So here in DC, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Friday became one of our things that we do all the time in the grandmaster of the time at the time.

Speaker 1:

Florida Grandmaster.

Speaker 3:

Florida Grandmaster, the Glenn Bishop, this year most wishful bishop will be one of the four people who lay the wreath tomorrow at the tomb and in just a few minutes we're going to draw three names out of a hat of all of the participants that are here from Florida to see the next three people that got to go with him, because four people can lay the wreath.

Speaker 1:

That is awesome. What a privilege for people. Right, right?

Speaker 3:

We've done a lot of different things in our time up here, as well as going to the installation Will the first year we laid a wreath at the Tomb of George Washington at Mount.

Speaker 1:

Vernon Wow.

Speaker 3:

In a ceremony that they, that we do, right outside of his, his grave site, and does that still going? Well, we did it last year, you did. Yeah we went to Mount Vernon again for the first time since the first year, so we started this in 2017. And, if I remember correctly, the only there may be three people that have been here every year. I think we said two before, but I believe that Greg Wynn over my left shoulder here. I believe that he's been here all every year that we've had this trip, as well.

Speaker 3:

And Bill and myself so, and every, and the first year that we did it, it was just Hudson's heroes. What were we all about? Seven or eight of us, maybe nine, of the District Deputy Grand Masters, the Grand Master Stan Hudson and his Grand Marshal, and we were here and we have a picture in a hotel in front of the Christmas tree and there's just then there's like 10 or 12 of us and that was it so this started in 2017, with 12 brothers and now, six years later, we're getting 40, 50 guys coming riding on a gigantic bus to go and do all these great things together.

Speaker 3:

So it's a great time to meet people from around the state who maybe I haven't met, who heard about the trip here and everybody to get to know each other, and Masonry is one big happy family, so it's a great time to get together, and it's right before the holidays and it's become quite a tradition.

Speaker 1:

I love it. I think it's as Masonry begins. We see an ascendancy of Masonry, it's kind of coming back to. We see younger and younger men getting involved in Masonry and they need to know this. This is what the new Masons coming in need to understand the history and to actually see this place that was very Masonic in its founding and they need to understand the fraternity that they're getting involved in has some deep, deep roots in the very country that we're hoping to make a positive impact on in the future. So this is a great event, man. I mean absolutely an amazing event.

Speaker 3:

It's magical to be here this year. We're going to as our first time we're going to go to Capitol Hill. We're all going up to the United States Capitol. Tomorrow afternoon we're going to get a tour.

Speaker 2:

We're going to have lunch in the Capitol cafeteria.

Speaker 1:

If you guys could show me where the suggestion box is.

Speaker 2:

I'd like to throw one in. They don't have a suggestion box?

Speaker 1:

Apparently not no.

Speaker 3:

We've gone to the George Washington National Masonic Memorial several times. That's beautiful. A couple of years ago we actually held a tiled meeting at the George Washington National meeting, a tiled meeting in one of those three lodges on the ground floor.

Speaker 1:

No kidding.

Speaker 3:

Yes, absolutely as a matter of fact. It's really funny. I was walking around the basement area of that. They have those photographs of the historic lodges around the country downstairs. I'm walking along in the corridor and I look and there's a picture of Hillsborough Lodge, number 25 on the wall in the Masonic Memorial for George Washington. I love it.

Speaker 2:

We don't have a lot of time, but there's something I have to ask you, because we were just talking to Jeremy about the fact that he spoke to someone that actually had experiences with George Washington, so we're talking about legends that are going to survive time, and this is something that very few men have an opportunity to be remembered in time.

Speaker 2:

You are one of three people who started this adventure, this historical precedent that's happening in Freednasonry. I know, be humble, but don't be humble Now you. Ok, we're only in the sixth year, but I can see 200 years down the line when we're all dead and gone.

Speaker 1:

But this is going to be massive.

Speaker 2:

This could be a mecca migration for Masons in the future.

Speaker 1:

I hope so, you were at the?

Speaker 2:

what does it feel like to be a man who could be remembered in history?

Speaker 3:

Do you even realize that I'm getting goosebumps as you say that, but honestly, to be quite honest, bill Cazulus was in Ocala with another brother who's not here, who came a couple of years and to bring the gavel down to Ocala when Bill had arranged for that to happen, he asked me to come up and join them and I did, and it was great. He kind of Bill dragged me into this in 2016. And we, bill and I, have been very close for a long time but he dragged

Speaker 3:

me into traveling around with the gavel, meeting the guys who brought it down from Washington and who we became great friends with. So the general purpose of our coming up here originally was specifically to attend the installation of officers at Potomac.

Speaker 2:

Number 5.

Speaker 3:

And so, because we became friends and every year there's a different chairman of the gavel, they brought the gavel down to the Grand Lodge of Flora Of the gavel. The Warshville Master of Potomac Lodge Number 5, is like the chairman of the gavel committee.

Speaker 2:

OK.

Speaker 3:

And then they have people that are authorized to remove it in a special lock case with them.

Speaker 1:

Right, yeah, that's what Jeremy was talking about With the handcuff to your wrist, and so yeah, it was a.

Speaker 3:

I'm happy to be part of that group. I'm thankful for Bill including me in all of the activities that he imagines in his head and then makes come true.

Speaker 3:

So we owe this to Bill and I'm happy to be one of the trusted confidants that he'll call up and say, hey, we're thinking about, let's do this. What do you think about going here? What do you think about going there? And there are a group of four of us now, including him, that we bounce these ideas off of to decide on what we're going to do for the trip. So we have a good time doing that. I have a good time meeting all the new brothers. I have a wonderful Masonic family that comes up here every year. It's a great tradition and I agree, if they remember my name in 100 years, that's great, but I don't do it for that.

Speaker 1:

I do it for them. It's a tradition. That's the perfect word.

Speaker 3:

It's a tradition and it'll keep going.

Speaker 2:

And yeah.

Speaker 1:

So, steve, thanks, man. Thanks for sitting down and giving us the skinny on that. I appreciate it. We are there about to draw names for those four people that Jeremy talked about, so we're going to cut off for right now and we'll come back out a little bit.

Speaker 2:

We have so many people we need to talk so much more with. That's right. That's right. These are historic people doing historic things for our country and our country.

Speaker 1:

We will be back after the drawing to do a few more interviews and we'll see you all on the other side. Brother, See you in a little bit. Bye.

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