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Historic Cemetery Symbols: What does the DAR emblem represent?

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Historic Cemetery Symbol of the Week: the DAR emblem

This week’s Historic Cemetery Symbol of the week is the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) emblem:

DAR emblem on a grave (photo by Tui Snider)
DAR emblem on a grave (photo by Tui Snider)

Daughters of the American Revolution symbology:

When you see a Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) emblem on a grave, it means that the woman buried there was a member of this service organization. The only way to be accepted as a member of DAR is to have direct lineage to to an ancestor who sided with the colonies to achieve independence from Britain during the American Revolution. As you can imagine, DAR is a deeply patriotic club.

In addition to proving your genetic ‘pedigree’ to become a member of DAR, a woman must also prove herself to be “personally acceptable” to the group. Membership today numbers somewhere around 180,000, with chapters all over the world.

If, like me, you’re a fan of the “Gilmore Girls” TV show, you probably remember that Emily Gilmore was a proud member of DAR, and often hosted formal teas and other events for the organization!

OK, so what does that DAR emblem symbolize? According to the Daughters of the American Revolution Handbook, the golden wheel is a spinning wheel, the stars surrounding it represent the original 13 American colonies, and the plant poking out at the top and bottom is flax.

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2 Comments

  1. Here in Texas you’ll also see “Citizen of the Republic of Texas” markers.
    They’re fairly rare, but there’s usually one or more in the cemeteries recognized as historic.

    Here’s a link to a photo of one: https://flic.kr/p/jBvqcv

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Thanks, Mark! I’ll have to write a post about those markers here, as well. I know I’ve seen them, but digging through all my photos can take a while. Thanks for the link to the photo, too. If I can’t find a decent photo in my files, I can always pop over to Weatherford and snap another!

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