Emblems found on Tombstones

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Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)  
Degree of Pocahontas The Degree of Pocahontas is the Women's Auxiliary of The Improved Order of Red Men. IORM is a national fraternal organization that believes in…
Eastern Star
Improved Order of Red Men The fraternity traces its origins back to 1765 and was originally known as the Sons of Liberty. These patriots concealed their identities and worked "underground" to help establish freedom and liberty in the early Colonies. They patterned themselves after the great Iroquois Confederacy and its democratic governing body. Their system, with elected representatives to govern tribal councils, had been in existence for several centuries.
Knights of Pythias

The Knights of Pythias is a social brotherhood founded at Washington, D.C., February 19, 1864, by Justus Henry Rathbone and four others, to promote the principals of friendship, charity, and benevolence (FCB). The fundamental tenants of the order are "toleration in religion, obedience to law, and loyalty to government."

The most typical emblems associated with the Knights of Pythias are: A sword laid on an open Bible; crossed swords; a skull and cross bones; a sprig of myrtle; spikes; and a knight's helmet with visor, headsman axe, and knight's sword. Birds figure in some emblems: The Knights of Pythias utilizes a falcon which signifies vigilance (the Uniform Rank used the dove as its official bird). Pythian swords sheaths also depict Samson pushing over the pillars of a building, a visible representation of strength and their pommels feature a knights helmet surmounted by a lion, representing full knighthood and leadership.

Odd Fellows

In 17th century England, it was odd to find people organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need and of pursuing projects for the benefit of all mankind. Those who belonged to such an organization were called "Odd Fellows." Odd Fellows are also known as "The Three Link Fraternity" which stands for Friendship, Love and Truth.

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows was founded on the North American Continent in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 26, 1819 when Thomas Wildey and four members of the Order from England instituted Washington Lodge No. 1. This lodge received its charter from Manchester Unity of Odd Fellows in England.


Odd Fellowship became the 1st national fraternity to include both men and women when it adopted the beautiful Rebekah Degree on September 20, 1851. This degree is based on the teachings found in the Holy Bible, and was written by the Honorable Schuyler Colfax who was Vice President of the United States during the period 1868-1873. Odd Fellows and Rebekahs were also the first fraternal organization to establish homes for our senior members and for orphaned children.

We command you to visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan.

Royal Neighbors of America The women's auxiliary to the Modern Woodmen of America.
Woodmen of the World

Woodmen was one of the first fraternal benefit societies in the United States. Founded in Omaha, Nebraska, on June 6, 1890, by Joseph Cullen Root, the Society had a humble beginning with very little capital and no office space.

It was also reported that Root's idea for "Woodmen" came from a speech he heard about woodsmen clearing away forests to provide shelter for their families. Others speculated that Root visualized himself as the root that would grow into a shelter, protecting members from financial disaster.

Sons of Confederate Veterans

The citizen-soldiers who fought for the Confederacy personified the best qualities of America. The preservation of liberty and freedom was the motivating factor in the South's decision to fight the Second American Revolution. The tenacity with which Confederate soldiers fought underscored their belief in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. These attributes are the underpinning of our democratic society and represent the foundation on which this nation was built.


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