Welcome brethren, friends, and guests of Naval Lodge No. 4. Thank you for visiting our new website and thank you for your interest in Naval Lodge.

Freemasonry is the oldest surviving fraternal order in the world, and is a place for men of conscience to come together to become better men, husbands, fathers, friends, brothers, colleagues, and citizens. Naval Lodge is the oldest continually operating lodge in the District of Columbia, and our 210 year history is intricately intertwined with the growth of Masonry, the growth of Washington, and the growth of our nation.

One of the tenents of our fraternity is brotherhood and friendship. The following thoughts from Aristotle define my sentiment on our friendship:

The Greek philosopher Aristotle tells us that there are three kinds of friendship:

  • We have friends who make us laugh, whose company we enjoy.
  • We have friends who are useful to us, who lend things to us, and who do things for us that we cannot do well for ourselves.
  • Finally, we have "friends in the good." This friendship occurs when we are united with others in a common undertaking, which lifts us to another level, giving us a desire to strive for something beyond our own lives. This is the highest form of friendship, and we seek it, says Aristotle, because we quite simply become better people for having "friends in the good."

We will strive to practice the type of brotherhood and friendship that is reflective of Aristotle's third kind of friendship. The more we strive, the better our fraternity will be.

Sincerely and Fraternally,
Dakarai D Thompson

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Naval Lodge No. 4 welcomes those qualified men who are interested in the joining a Fraternity whose members and principles have shaped our country and our history.

Men age 18 and older who believe in a Supreme Being and meet the qualifications and standards for membership are eligible to petition. We welcome men of every country, religion, race, age, income, education, and opinion.  Read More