On Tuesday June 14, the head of Warwickshire Freemasons, R W Phil Hall, accompanied by his deputy, V W Peter Manning, said they ‘committed to demonstrate the Province's support to those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces as well as their family members’ by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.
The signing took place in the Regimental Chapel of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in St Mary’s Church in Warwick.
This partnership, which has been constructed initially with the United Grand Lodge of England followed by other provinces, ensures that the members of the Armed Forces community have the same access to government as well as commercial services and products as any other citizen.
Warwickshire Freemasonry has a strong Armed Forces background throughout its Lodges.
The Freemasons group say this partnership represents a step in further supporting both active and retired military personnel.
The covenant is also part of Warwickshire Freemasonry's charitable activities.
Having signed the covenant with Lt Col Samantha Brettell from HQ West Midlands, Phil Hall expressed his gratitude. He said: “This is a historical moment for all of us.
"I am truly honoured to have signed this Covenant on behalf of all Warwickshire Freemasons who understand and appreciate the invaluable services the members of our Armed Forces offer to our communities.
"Our pledge to support both active and retired personnel will continue stronger than ever.”