Recently, the Widow’s Sons celebrated their 2nd Anniversary by having a ride and BBQ.
The Widows Sons R.A (Riding Association) is a Masonic Riding Association comprised of Freemasons. The purpose of the Widows Sons is to provide a social and fraternal outlet for Freemasons who ride and desire to socialize and travel the open roads with their Brethren. The requirements to be considered for membership are to be a Master Mason from a recognized Grand Lodge. The recognizing body used by Grand Chapter Korea is Grand Lodge of Scotland.
– The Widows Sons Korea Grand Chapter
The stone triangle or pyramid represents the 3 degrees in craft Masonry. The 3 points of the triangle represent the 3 Lesser Lights or 3 Burning Tapers which are a part of the furnishings of every Masonic Lodge.
The All-Seeing-Eye within the pyramid represents the watchfulness of the Great Architect of the Universe. It reminds us that we are always being watched or observed, and to therefore govern ourselves accordingly while in public, or while in the company of our brethren.
Within the points of the triangle are symbols representing 3 Officers Jewels; the Square, Plumb,and Level. These working tools are also representative of the 3 Lesser Lights and their Masonic interpretations.
The Rising Sun at the apex of the pyramid is representative of the fact that there are Masonic Lodges in all points of the globe. It can truly be said that “the sun never sets on Freemasonry”. The sun also represents the Worshipful Master of each Lodge, so the sun is positioned above the pinnacle of the pyramid and above the Square, or Masters Jewel.
The wings represent personal freedom and liberty which is an ideal Freemasons have embraced since the beginnings of our ancient and noble fraternity. Wings are also a symbol which is much embraced by those who enjoy sport motorcycling, and is used in many motorcycle related logos such as Harley Davidson, just to name one example.
The words “Meet on the level & Part upon the square” were added to remind our non-riding brethren that the Widows Sons are Masons above all, and we should be greeted and treated as such. It is our hope that this will help our brethren to overcome any prejudices or preconceptions they may have regarding those who ride motorcycles. The phrase also stimulates the curiosity of Non-Masons who see our logo and may cause them to inquire about its meaning. This allows us to respond about its Masonic nature and inform them about Freemasonry and our fraternity.
The term “Widow’s Son” refers to Hiram Abiff, the principal architect of King Solomon’s temple. In the book of Kings, he is described as the son of a widow from the tribe of Naphtali who was the son of a Tyrian bronze worker, sent for by Solomon to make furnishings and ornate decorations for the new temple.
Freemasons also refer to themselves as “Widow’s Sons”:
The Freemasons call themselves the widow’s sons, because, after the death of our respectable Master, the Freemasons took care of his mother, whose children they called themselves, because Adonhiram had always considered them as his Brethren. (Chapron, 1812)
the original widow’s son.
The ride was done as a memorial for Task Force Smith.
The Task Force Smith Memorial in Osan
On July 5, 1950 an American task force of 400 infantry men moved into Osan to delay the North Korean Army from advanding further South until more American troops could arrive. Named after its commander, Colonel Charles B. Smith, the task force was successful in warding off North Korean forces for several hours before retreating south.
We remember the sacrifices made by about 150 American soldiers that were either killed, wounded or went missing.
The Widow’s Sons pay their respects at the Task Force Smith Memorial in Osan.
Chapron, E.J. (1812). Nécessaire Maçonnique. Chez Cauet.
Mackey, Albert G. (1878). Widow’s Son. Excerpted from “Encyclopedia of Freemasonry Vol. II.” Philadelphia: Moss & Company.
Task Force Smith. Wikipedia.
The Widows Sons – Korea Grand Chapter.
The Widows Sons – Nova Scotia Grand Chapter.