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Freemasons mark 225 years in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu with celebration

WATCH ABOVE: The Freemasons from Dorchester Lodge marked a milestone anniversary Sunday, celebrating 225 years in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

Freemasons from Dorchester Lodge #4 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu are celebrating a major milestone Sunday.

The group marked its 225th anniversary with a celebration at Fort Saint-Jean.

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The family-friendly event featured bagpipers and a musket show, as well as a dinner cocktail and silent auction.

Clowns with the Shriners Hospital were also on hand to keep the little ones entertained.

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Proceeds from the day’s events will be donated to the Shriners Hospital for Children — Canada.

On top of benefiting a good cause, organizers say the celebration was a chance to celebrate the Freemasons’ rich history.

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“Our lodge is actually one of the oldest ones in Quebec,” said Bert Graf, Secretary of Dorchester Lodge #4. “Our lodge was constituted as a military lodge in 1792 and our charter was signed by his Royal Highness Prince Edward.”