BPOE

Fairmont Cemetery, Denver, Colorado

The Robert Maxwell gray granite block monument in the Fairmont Cemetery in Denver, Colorado, displays the initials B.P.O.E (Benevolent Protective Order of Elks) and one of the most important Elk’s motifs–the clock with the hands pointing to eleven o’clock.  The clock symbol is central to one of their evening rituals.  Elks read the following tolling address in honor of their absent brethren at eleven o’clock:

“My Brother, you have heard the tolling of the eleven strokes.  This is to impress upon you that the hour of eleven has a tender significance.  Wherever an Elk may roam, whatever his lot in life may be, when this hour falls upon the dial of night, the great heart of Elkdom swells and throbs.  It is the golden hour of recollection, the homecoming of those who wander, the mystic roll call of those who will come no more.  Living or dead, an Elk is never forgotten, never forsaken.  Morning and noon my pass him by, the light of day sink heedlessly in the West, but ere the shadows of mightnight shall fall, the chimes of memory will be pealing forth the friendly message, “to our absent Brothers.”

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