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Aquila Non Capit Muscas

A stained glass window in a mausoleum in the Lakewood Cemetery at Minneapolis, Minnesota, displays a yellow dragon with wings spread on a ruby red background, over the motto, AQUILA NON CAPIT MUSCAS. The translation of the Latin motto to English is … Continue reading

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Art as the Memorial

  McCLATCHEY Devereaux Fore McClatchey III June 1, 906 – August 30, 1993 Dorothy E. Methvin McClatchey May 8, 1907 – June 1, 2009 Devereaux and Dorothy McClatchey had a large art collection from their travels.  To grace their family … Continue reading

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John Watts, a Tribute on a Pedestal

John Watts was a New York political figure who served not only under the Crown but as a member of Congress after the American Revolution. He served in several other official positions, too, which are listed on the backside of … Continue reading

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A Soldier’s Hat, On a Pedestal

Owen F. Solomon 1829 – September 27, 1859 Carved atop a shaft of white marble rests a pillow with the hat of a soldier.  There are four symbols on this monument: the soldier’s hat, a sword, the laurel wreath, and … Continue reading

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A Hero, On a Pedestal

IN MEMORY OF ROBERT McDOUGALL A MEMBER OF TRUCK Co. No. 3 BROOKLYN FIRE DEPARTMENT. WHO RECEIVED SUCH INJURIES IN THE DISCHARGE OF HIS DUTY AS A FIREMAN AT A FIRE AT HARBECK’S PIER JULY 19, 1883 THAT HE DEPARTED … Continue reading

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Merlin, On a Pedestal

  Merlin can be found perched high atop a monument in the Forest Home Cemetery at Forest Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.  This is the centerpiece monument in a circle of burials of members of the United Ancient Order … Continue reading

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On a Pedestal, 3

To the right of the gates of the Mount Peace Cemetery at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, stands an impressive monument to James Bartram Nicholson.  The elegant bronze statue of Nicholson shows him wearing a long frock coat.  He holds papers in one hand.  … Continue reading

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