Submitted by RPC Chuck McCollum, General Grand Treasurer
Pictured from left to right: Charles A. McCollum, General Grand Treasurer, Michael E. Seamon, Past Most Puissant Grand Master and Prior of Connecticut Priory No. 28, Richard A. Eppler, Past Most Puissant Grand Master, and Rev. Joseph Krusienski, Past Prior of Connecticut Priory No. 28
On April 29, 2021, during the meeting of Connecticut Priory No. 28, KYCH in Meriden, Connecticut, Most Puissant Companion Richard A. Eppler, Past Most Puissant Grand Master of Connecticut, was presented with the General Grand Council Medal of Honor. This is the highest award given to a Cryptic Mason who has devoted his life to the improvement of Masonry. There is to be only one award presented at each Triennial Assembly. MP Companion Richard was recognized for his many years of service as the editor of the Cryptic Freemason Newsletter, and for being a tireless worker for Cryptic Masonry in Connecticut and wherever his travels have taken him.
The highest award is given to a Cryptic Mason, “a Brother and Companion who is revered by Masons throughout the world and one who has devoted his life to the improvement of Masonry.” The Medal of Honor was approved and the first one given at the 33rd Triennial in 1978.
One is given at every Triennial Assembly to one awardee, the decision being made by the elective officers of the General Grand Council based upon recommendations from the Craft. The optimal candidate will have provided service to Masonry and who is well known in the Arts, Science, Business, Religion or Government.