April 06, 2020

Shriners induction fete to be open to the public

BANGOR — For the first time, the Anah Temple Shriners will allow the public to view their induction and installation ceremony today at the Bangor Auditorium.

The event, scheduled for 2 p.m., includes a Black Camel ceremony in which Shriners who have died during the past year are honored. Also, all Anah units — including the clowns and the mopeds which march in parades — will be presented to the new officers.

Fritz Day, public relations chairman for Bangor’s Shriners, said this will be the first time that Shriners in New England open their ceremony to the public.

“We want to let the world know what we are and who we are,” he said.

The Shriners, an organization which support 19 children’s hospitals and three burn institutes in the United States, raise funds primarily through their circuses.

Day said because the organization adopted “an Arabian-type atmosphere” when it was formed in 1872 by the Masons, members name their temples after “places and things” in Northern Africa.

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