“All great cathedrals began their building by the placement of a single stone. The building unit of a great society is the individual.” —L. Ron Hubbard

So it was with the Scientology religion’s 21st-century cathedral, the new Flag Building in Clearwater, Florida—built through the contributions of individual Scientologists from 94 nations and opened November 17, 2013.

One week later came the Cornerstone Ball, the epic salute to the thousands of Cornerstone Members who pursued the dream of our cathedral until it was a reality. “It was you who pledged to lay the cornerstones,” said Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center.

They stood more than 2,100 strong that evening in Flag’s Grand Marquee. They arrived at that place and time after having cut a trail extending a quarter of a million miles in pursuit of their dream of our spiritual headquarters, inspiring a greater force of contributors numbering more than 17,000 across the world.

“It was all while you counted down from foundation stage to structural stage and thence to core construction,” said Mr. Miscavige. “And if I still haven’t captured the magnitude of your journey—not to mention the magic—then suffice it to say: Tonight we celebrate you—and you alone.”

Whereupon those stellar names that helped make the Scientology cathedral possible were recognised for their undying commitment and generosity.

The following is what some of those who took that stage at the Cornerstone Ball had to say:

“This had to have been the most incredible acknowledgement ever—what Chairman of the Board has done for this group and for L. Ron Hubbard. I want to thank all of the staff—without each and every one of you we would not be doing this. I am so, so proud to be part of this incredible team.”—B.D.

“The Flag Building Project for me has always been a very personal affair and the people that worked in it and with it have always meant a lot to me. This event was the epitome of why we supported the Flag Building and I am so proud to have been a part of this.”—K.F.

“I am so honoured to be here tonight and to be amongst all these heroes of heroes. It is phenomenal what has been created.”

“I thank Chairman of the Board for everything he has done. I thank him for our cathedral. He is the leader of leaders and I just cannot say this enough. I am so honoured to be here tonight and to be amongst all these heroes of heroes. It is phenomenal what has been created.”—B.Z.

“This is the best acknowledgement I could ever have received—that any of us could ever have received. I am floored and honoured.”—M.F.

“I went up to Chairman of the Board and said ‘I’m not gonna cry!’ and then I said, ‘Okay, I’m gonna cry!’ I was so utterly moved by the award. Thank you everyone for putting on an amazing week of events—it’s been fabulous and almost life changing. Thank you, COB!”—C.F.

“What amazes me the most is the amount of effort and group determination it took to make all of this happen. There was truly a big group push behind the opening of the new Flag Building. Everything tonight was so beautiful.”—N.C.

“Beautiful! Amazing—just being here is amazing. It was really our moment! What COB said was out of this world. He is a genius.”—A.C.

“This is the best week of my entire existence! This was an amazing ball. I moved here to Clearwater when the groundbreaking happened and I have been waiting for this moment ever since.”—J.M.

“The event was fantastic! I loved the acknowledgment to all of the contributors. I drove from South Carolina to be here. I am very proud. My contribution was just a small part, compared to what we have accomplished tonight. Thank you very much to everyone.”—J.B.

“We are so proud for what we have accomplished.”

“It was just incredible to receive this acknowledgement from COB. We are so proud for what we have accomplished. Thank you very much to everyone and we will see you for the next project.”—S.S.

“This was the perfect ending and the DONE for Super Power. This is such an incredible achievement and acknowledgement. Incredible!”—K.F.

“This is an evening of dreams. This was a total moment in history. I know this is the start of a fantastic future.”—A.S.

“It was really nice to have all the Cornerstone Members all together in one room. My dad is a Legion of Honour so it was a very proud moment for me when he went on stage. I started Super Power myself so I know how amazing it is.”—C.K.

“I was astounded by the acknowledgements to the top contributors of the Flag Building. I was also particularly struck by the amount of people from different countries and from all walks of life. Everything about the awards was so beautiful. The affinity between the people and Chairman of the Board RTC was so beautiful to see.”—E.B.

“I loved the event! The acknowledgements were so heartfelt. It was very moving. It was also nice to see all these people from all over the world. It’s amazing. I have several emotions from tonight’s event: exhilaration from the project being completed, anticipation for the Super Power that I will soon be receiving, and the pride of knowing that we are done with this project and now we can move forward to the next project.”—K.M.

“This is the official start of a new world.”

“This was an awesome event from the set up, to the food and the acknowledgements and to Chairman of the Board. I’ve been a Cornerstone Member since 2001 and this is our acknowledgement to all of us for putting the Flag Building there. I could really see how this is the official start of a new world from how the event was delivered and from COB’s speech and acknowledgements to everyone.”—M.D.A.

“I feel very acknowledged and humble. This week has been energising, uplifting and exteriorizing. I feel so proud of this group and honoured. I feel gratitude for COB. We would not be here if it wasn’t for him.”—S.Y.