WOW, what an event! Tonight the Des Moines Scottish Rite hosted a patriotic event to kickoff 4th of July celebrations. Gathering on the top floor of the Holiday Inn- Mercy Campus, we had beautiful views of downtown Des Moines, Shrine clowns making balloon animals and other creations, the 34th Army Band's Scrap Metal Group (which was outstanding!, and featured our own Bro. Brian Pappaducas, 33). There were burgers, hot dogs, brats, chips, and drinks for all ages. Lots of fun for the whole family!
Just before the fireworks started downtown (of which we had one of the best views of anywhere, Bro. John Clearman, 33, gave the lost lecture of the flag from the 30th degree. Bro. Ron Lindhart led the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine Chantors and the Des Moines Scottish Rite's Double-Eagle Chorus in a sing-a-long of patriotic tunes, and then it was time for fireworks.
What a perfect way for families to get together to celebrate the birth of our nation. Well done to all that organized the event, and especially to Scrap Metal for their excellent performance!