The Grand Commander also awarded the Medal of Honor to Ill. Richard B. Burgess, 33°, his assistant and Grand Chancellor. To receive the award Ill. Bro. Burgess was called from backstage at the general session of the Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, where he was performing his duties as announcer. He was overcome by the moment and found it nearly impossible to resume his duties backstage.
The Northern Masonic Jurisdiction's Medal of Honor Award, according to Article 901 of our Constitutions, "may be conferred by the Supreme Council or the Sovereign Grand Commander upon any person, whether or not a member of our jurisdiction or a member of any Body of the Rite, in recognition of distinguished service to Freemasonry, country or humanity."