Members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, like many other society members, choose to be buried in common burial grounds. Sometimes these burials are in separate graveyards and in other cases a portion of the cemetery is dedicated to the lodge members, as is the case in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Bloomington, Indiana, and the Oak Hill Cemetery at Evansville, Indiana.
Here a large monument was built to honor the members of the fraternal organization. In both cases the area for the fraternity members is marked by a statue of an eagle. The fraternity’s emblem carved from local limestone is displayed on a tall column in Rose Hill Cemetery. The bronze eagle in the Oak Hill Cemetery sits on top of a large granite marker.
The mission statement of the Fraternal Order of Eagles reads:
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, an international non-profit organization, unites fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills, and by promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.
Founded February 6, 1898, by six Seattle, Washington, theater owners John Cort, John W. and Tim J. Considine, Arthur Williams, Mose Goldsmith, and Harry Leavitt organized as “The Order of Good Things”. Within two months, in April of the same yer, the fraternal order changed its name to The Fraternal Order of Eagles and adopted the American bald eagle as their emblem.
The Eagles organize local chapters into aeries, so named for the nests of eagles which are usually high and difficult to access. Nearly since their inception, the Eagles have lobbied for causes important to the organization, such as the creation of Mother’s Day in 1904, later in the 30s for Social Security, and in 2006 to keep the two words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Eagles also contribute to many charities, such as, St. Jude’s Hospital, a Disaster Relief Fund, Diabetes Research Center at the University of Iowa, Art Ehrmann Cancer Fund, D. D. Dunlap Kidney Fund, among others.