The Cryptic Mason Veterans Award is rich in symbolism and honors a Veteran's Service while simultaneously displaying the character of Cryptic Masonry.

  • In its center, it has the title “Veteran”, along with the Broken Triangle emblem from the seal of the General Grand Council. This not only refers to the Cryptic Degrees, but also alludes to the concept that “All gave some, but some gave all”.
  • Surrounding this is a Golden ring with 27 stars, representing the 27 who were chosen to work on the secret vault, and symbolizing the idea of service for the benefit of all mankind.
  • Enclosing this ring is a 9 pointed star, composed of 9 silver trowels. This references the 9 arches of Cryptic Masonry, as well as the spreading of that mystic cement which unites us as a band of brothers.
  • Behind these are the laurel leaves, which signify this award comes from the General Grand Council, but also represents the laurel leaves of victory that are continuously sought by those who serve.

It is our honor to make this award available to all Cryptic Masons who have served, and we hope that all Veterans who are Cryptic Masons will wear it with such pride and honor that it may distinguish you as a Select Master whose dedication to service has been tried, tested and proven.