Hundreds of Masons from across the state, including Leitchfield Lodge #236 of Grayson County, formed a massive human square and compass symbol on Saturday, April 8 at Masonic Homes of Kentucky, the first Masonic Home in the world.
The goal was to set the world record for the largest human image, a Guinness World Record category, as the nonprofit celebrates its 150th anniversary. 235 people formed the figure, falling just short of the 260 people needed to break the record.
The record attempt occurred at the organization’s 14th annual Great Day of Service on the 82-acre Olmsted-designed Louisville campus. The Great Day of Service is an annual tradition in which volunteers help beautify and perform service projects at the Louisville and Shelbyville campuses. Nearly 400 volunteers took part in the special day.
“As we celebrate 150 years, it’s exciting to honor the incredible tradition of giving and charity by what is believed to be the oldest fraternity in the world, the Masons,” said Gary Marsh, President and CEO of Masonic Homes. “While today, Masonic Homes of Kentucky serves everyone regardless of affiliation, it was truly a special occasion to honor the small group of Kentucky Masons that in 1867, had the idea to establish a Home in downtown Louisville for widows and children of the Civil War. We may have fallen just short of breaking a record today, but we certainly didn’t fall short of helping our Louisville and Shelbyville residents through service projects and campus beautification.”
The Masons—a group with a legacy of giving and charity—saw early the need for a home to tend to and care for those families left behind by the Civil War that hit Kentucky hard. Today, the Masons’ tradition of doing good continues as Masonic Homes has evolved to become an expert in modern aging care and other specialized services for people of all ages and affiliations, at its Louisville, Shelbyville and Northern Kentucky campuses.
For more about Masonic Homes, visit www.masonichomesky.com. To learn more about the Masonic Homes incredible 150-year history, visit www.mhky150.com.