2023 Cornerstone Event

Join us on February 20, 2023, to re-dedicate the cornerstone
and to celebrate the Memorial’s next century of service.

The Memorial is a National Historic Landmark that stands as American Freemasonry’s vital tribute to George Washington and the values of freedom. Each year, thousands of museum guests visit the Memorial to learn about Washington and Freemasonry, and to become inspired by the great heritage left to us by the Father of our Country... and our nation’s foremost Freemason.

The original celebration of the cornerstone was a national Masonic event. Over 10,000 Freemasons attended the Memorial’s cornerstone laying in 1923. In 2023, Masons will gather again at the Memorial to witness the re-dedication of this cornerstone.

The time is now to celebrate the Memorial’s timeless legacy. Please join us in February 2023 and become part of our second century of making history.

Schedule of Events

Meetings and Tours — Friday, February 17 through Sunday, February 19, 2023

We welcome Lodges and other Masonic groups to attend and participate. Beginning Friday, February 17, through Sunday, February 19, Lodges that wish to tile a meeting in the Memorial may reserve time slots within the Memorial. Visiting Masonic groups may schedule tours during those days as well. Popular speakers such as Mark Tabbert and Shawn Eyer will be available to provide an appropriate message upon request. Time slots are limited, so interested groups are encouraged to register early.

Parade and Cornerstone Rededication Event — Monday, February 20, 2023

All Grand Lodges, Lodges, Masonic groups, and Freemasons in amity with the Grand Lodge of Virginia may participate in the Parade from historic Old Town Alexandria up to the Memorial’s beautiful grounds. The Parade steps off at 1:00 p.m.

The Rededication Ceremony takes place at 3:30 p.m. All individuals attending the events of February 20, 2023, should register on our website. (Note: Those registered to attend through the Conference of Grand Masters are already considered confirmed.) Those who register and attend will receive a special poster celebrating the event. Registration is available below under "How to Register."

The George Washington Symposium — Wednesday, February 22, 2023

The theme of the 2023 Symposium will be The Architectural History of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. This event is free and open to the general public. It begins at 1 p.m. For more information, visit the Symposium page.

Annual Washington’s Birthday Gala — Wednesday, February 22, 2023

The Memorial’s traditional Washington’s Birthday Gala will be held on Wednesday, February 22. This elegant formal event will, as always, include a reception in Memorial Hall, entertainment in the Theater, and a Gala Banquet in Grand Masonic Hall.

How to Register

Registration is easy! We ask that everyone attending the event fill out an individual registration form.

Exclusive Premiums Offered for Support of the Event

An event like the Cornerstone Centennial requires a great deal of resources. Help offset those expenses and receive these once-in-a-lifetime items as our thanks for your generous support! These are limited-edition items and will go quickly, so place your order today.

Press Materials

If you publish a Masonic organization’s magazine or newsletter, please download our promo kit for a story template and high quality photographs that you can use to publicize the event.