Community members are encouraged to attend the cornerstone laying ceremony for the new National Guard Armory building at 1 p.m. Saturday at the construction location on Brushy Fork Road just off of Corridor H in Buckhannon.
The Grand Lodge AF&A Masons of West Virginia will conduct the ceremony, which is hosted by Franklin 7 and Rock Cave 81 lodges. The West Virginia Grand Master of Masons, Owen G. Bragg, will officiate.
The ceremony of cornerstone laying is a tradition in masonic history. Until the development of the steel-framed construction in the past century, most buildings were erected by stacking stone on stone.
Each part of the building was marked by ceremonies. The foundation stone was the first stone placed underground at the beginning of the building's foundation. The cornerstone was the first stone placed above ground and the cap stone was placed at the top of the building.
Today, there are few actual cornerstones being placed, although it is easy to find them on buildings that were built as late as the 1950s. However, the Masons continue to lay cornerstones in the traditional way, as will be done for this ceremony.