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Cemetery Symbols: K is for Knights of Pythias

(photo by Tui Snider)
(photo by Tui Snider)

What does a knight’s helmet surrounded by the letters F, C, and B mean?

KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS: What started in 1864 as a secret society for government clerks, The Order of the Knights of Pythias eventually opened its doors to any man who believed in a higher being. At it’s height, this fraternal order grew in size to nearly one million members worldwide.

The Knights of Pythias still exists, and is often linked with orphanages and charity causes. The club’s symbol is a knight’s helmet and shield surrounded by the letters F, B, and C which stand for Friendship, Benevolence, and Charity. A skull and crossbones is sometimes included in the motif.

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