Tombstone Tuesday-Daughters of Rebekah Symbol

The Daughters of Rebekah, a branch of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, was established in 1851. Their name is derived from Rebekah in the Bible and they are sometimes called the Rebekahs. Their society is an international service organization.

Daughters of Rebekah symbol, Woodlawn Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio.

Initially, membership was open to only women but they now allow male members. Women do not have to be related to an Odd Fellow to be a Rebekah member as long as they meet the moral, ethical, and age requirement of 16-18 years and older for admission.   

Members are to live peaceably, do good to all, and to obey the Golden Rule.

Daughters of Rebekah symbol on flag holder, Greenlawn Cemetery, Wapakoneta, Ohio.

The items on their symbol include a moon, seven stars, a dove, and a lily. They represent the following:

The moon and seven stars represent the never-failing order which pervades God’s universe and all of nature and the value of regularity and precision in all worthy undertakings.

The dove symbolizes peace. Rebekahs are to promote peace on earth and good will to men and strive to bring happiness to others.

The lily symbolizes purity and represents the purity of character, thought, word, and action.

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