6 Gravestone Symbols That Reveal A Secret Connection

There are many symbols on gravestones that reveal an interesting history. Take a look!

There are many acronyms and symbols on gravestones that reveal a connection with a secret, or not-so-secret, benevolent society. Some of these are familiar, but others have disappeared over the past couple of centuries. Each one, however, tells a story. Take a look:

6 Symbols of Cemetery Secret Societies

1. D.A.R.

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The Daughters of the American Revolution is an organization of descendants of patriots from the Revolutionary War.

2. G.A.R.

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Indicates a Civil War veteran and member of the Grand Army of the Republic (Union) is buried below.

3. Square and Compass

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This is the classic sign of the Freemasons (Masons), and often has a “G” in the center of it.

4. Logs or Tree Stones

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The symbol of logs or tree stones can mean a life cut short, although the symbols more likely mark the grave of a member of the Woodmen of the World, a fraternal organization created in the late 1880s, which is now an insurance company.

5. Three Chain Links

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The three links represent friendship, love, and truth. It is a well-known symbol for the Independent Order of the Oddfellows.

6. Maple Leaf with Canadian Legion of British Empire Service League Inscription

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A Canadian fraternal organization formed after WWI.

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Ms. Jo W.

Wed. Apr. 10, 2019

Priceless information and good to know. Thank you. … Ms. Jo W.

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