Canada’s anniversary certainly is an exciting time to reflect upon many important milestones and achievements over the last 150 years… but why stop there? After all, the whole story didn’t necessarily begin 150 years ago. Let us travel a little further back in time.

This story begins 700 years ago in France with a great leader named Jacques de Molay, whose demise ultimately may have been pivotal in the act of discovery of “New Found Land”, north of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Jacques de Molay (French: [də mɔlɛ]; c. 1243 – 18 March 1314) was the 23rd Grand Master of the Knights Templar, leader of the Order from 20 April 1292 until it was dissolved by order of Pope Clement V in 1307. King Philip IV of France, deeply in debt to the Templars, had de Molay and many other French Templars arrested in 1307 and tortured into making false confessions. When de Molay later retracted his confession, Philip had him burned upon a scaffold on an island in the River Seine in front of Notre Dame de Paris in March, 1314.

What happened is very similar to the story of the Jedi in “Star Wars III” when the Emperor invoked his evil Order #66.

Following the attempt to exterminate the Templars, rather than to try and reconcile their due, a number of ships laden with the spoils of years of commerce and labors fled, never to be seen again.

A plausible theory supported by evidence found on and around Oak Island, Nova Scotia, seems to indicate Templars escaped to what later became Canada.

There is real tangible evidence that the Templars used the area around Newfoundland and Nova Scotia as a hub for commerce around 1300-1400 A.D, and numerous remnants are found on and around Oak Island including a foundation stone with a Templar cross chiseled upon it.

The story surrounding Oak Island is further supported by the Kensington Rune Stone discovered near Alexandria, Minnesota in 1898, which is dually dated 1362 both in characters and in a special code embedded in the character set.

By this time the Templars may have gathered up their valuables and left the Oak Island area in search for the middle of, or the headwaters of, the North American continent. The Rune Stone is an anciently formatted land claim written by Cistercian Monks associated with the Templars, which contains passages that exactly match modern teachings within Royal Arch degrees of the York Rite branch of Free Masonry. {York Rite is the body of the modern reincarnation of the Knights Templar. “New York” is on the East Coast, while “Old York” is one of the ancient strongholds of the Knights Templar near the Provence of Canterbury in England.}

So, as we celebrate please be aware and thankful of those brave souls in ancient times who pioneered their way to these special places we so treasure and call home today.

Eric E – Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc.

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