In late April, a presentation was made to the Honorable Walter P. Sword at the Upham Walker House in Concord, NH. The plaque, which contained a Marine non-commissioned officer dress sword, was presented to Brother Sword for his twenty years of service to the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
Appointed as a Doorkeeper in 1999, he served in that capacity until he was elected to the office of Sergeant-at-Arms in December 2008; being subsequently reelected in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018. He resigned from the office in January 2019.
Brother Sword has been a very active Mason and served as Worshipful Master of Jewell Lodge No. 94 in Suncook; served the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire as Grand Sword Bearer; and has been presented with the Major General John Sullivan Distinguished Service Award in Bronze. A founding member of General Court Lodge, he has been its Chaplain since the lodge was chartered in 2007. An active member of the appendant bodies he has been very active in the York Rite especially, and currently serves as Grand Chaplain in both the Grand Royal Arch Chapter and Grand Council of Cryptic Masons.
He was presented the General Grand Chapter Distinguished Service Award in Bronze in May for his continued involvement and support of Freemasonry. Walter’s retirement ceremony was aired on WMUR and he was truly tickled pink. Congratulations Worshipful Brother Sword!