Knights of Pythias, Part 3

Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines

Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines

The ornamentation of this mausoleum in the Woodland Cemetery at Des Moines displays the typical Knights of Pythias symbolism that can be found on the metal markers that are found next to the gravestones of the fraternity members.  The symbols in the frieze above the door to the tomb features the three letters, “F”, “C”, and “B”, which stand for their motto, FRIENDSHIP, CHARITY, and BENEVOLENCE.  The circle inside the three triangles display the skull and cross bones.


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