MECHANIC FALLS – The Masons of Tyrian Lodge 73, AF and AM, know the need to support the troops serving in Iraq, as the current lodge master, Robert Smith of Mechanic Falls, is serving there along with another member.

To support the troops, acting Master Joshua Armstrong requested that the lodge send a care package to support Co. C of the 133rd Engineering Battalion out of Lewiston.

Co. C’s mission is similar to that of a civilian construction company and is capable of building large projects. The unit can build roads, airfields, buildings and provide electrical and plumbing systems. The 146-member unit is versatile, and like the rest of the battalion, it shares the fortune to carry the lineage of the “Twentieth Maine” and the great American Civil War hero Col. Joshua Chamberlain.

Shortly after the call went out for assistance, Tyrian Lodge responded. The lodge will ship approximately 500 comfort care items, many the military does not provide, such as snack foods, dry goods and other nonperishable items. They will be shipped to the unit’s commander in Iraq to disperse to personnel.

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