The “Forget-me-not”, a tiny blue flower was introduced as a lapel badge in 1934 by the German Grand Lodge of the Sun in Bayreuth, Germany, in lieu of the “Square & Compasses”, as a mark of identification for Freemasons.
Freemasonry had gone underground, as the Nazis were confiscating Masonic Lodges and property. Throughout the second world war, the little blue flower identified those who refused to allow the Light of Masonry to be extinguished.
After the war, in 1948, at the first annual convention of the United Grand Lodges of Germany, the “Forget-me-not” was officially adopted as a Masonic emblem in honour of those valiant Brethren.
The “Forget-me-not” pin is presented, and it’s Masonic history explained, to new Master Masons in most German Lodges today, and it is worn throughout the free world today.