President Truman’s birthday was this past Wednesday, On this Flashback Friday, a look back at when President Harry Truman, a devout Presbytarian, delivered the dedicatory address at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Virginia. President Truman spoke during the cornerstone laying of the church Sanctuary on November 23, 1952.
President Truman spent a lot of time in Alexandria, attending church and meetings. Did you know he was a member of the local Masonic Order (see photo) and frequently attended meetings in Alexandria? During a meeting at the lodge in Alexandria, Virginia, he said, “I am ‘Harry’ here, not ‘Mr. President.'” President Truman dedicated Memorial Hall at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in 1950.
For more information on the history of Westminster Presbyterian, visit this link.