A man with the second toughest job in the world came to speak to Britannia Lodge #18 on Dec. 3 about his work. You see, this man goes to foreign countries and tries to bring peace and harmony there, along with his brothers and sisters. I’m speaking of Master Corporal Marty Gratrix.
Before I go too far, I’ll answer the question of, “Who has the toughest job?” His loving wife Jennifer does. The Military Wife gets the duty of standing behind a man who is often gone for long periods. She gets the daunting task of having to hear the news and freeze every time the word Afghanistan is mentioned. She is the administrator who keeps the family life going, while her husband is trying to make a difference in a very different part of the world. Thank you to all the military wives out there.
MCpl Gratrix shared with us some of the tragic and some of the happy stories about his service overseas. Losing friends who are like brothers and sisters, and seeing families able to live a life without oppression for a change. It made all the Mason’s appreciate that much more what our Armed Forces are doing – even those who were in the military before.
Past Master Greg Henkelman of Britannia Masonic Lodge #18 was proud to present both MCpl Gratrix and his wife with tokens of the lodge’s appreciation for their sacrifices.