Messina Mother & Child

An earthquake which occurred on 28 December 1908 in Sicily and Calabria with a magnitude of 7.1 almost completely destroyed the cities of Messina and Reggio Calabria. 157,000 lives were lost due to the fact that most people were asleep and killed outright, or buried alive in their beds as their houses collapsed on top of them. As a result of the earthquake a 39 foot tsunami struck Messina causing more devastation and death.

This monument is in memory of a mother and child who were victims of the devastating earthquake. The mother who is grasping the bed sheet appears to have been suckling her child when disaster hit. The sculptured figures are surrounded by rubble. Note the stone on the bottom right which appears to resemble a skull.

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Ruminants

The Loyal Order of Moose (L.O.O.M.) is a fraternal charity organization whose motto is Purity, Aid, and Progress.

B.P.O.E.W. is the acronym for Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World. This charitable service organization has over one million members in the United States. Headstones will often be decorated with elaborate B.P.O.E. symbols.

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The symbol of an elk is also adopted by the Independent Order of Foresters (I.O.F.) Originally created for mutual aid and protection (voluntary reciprocal exchange of resources and services for mutual benefit) in 14th century England. It is a mutual organization caring for the sick.

Foresters

The Story of Life

Book memorials are often found in cemeteries. A popular form is the book as a double page spread bearing vital statistics and epitaphs concerning the deceased. A closed book recognizes the fact that the story of the deceased is over.

This young man was a lawyer which explains the multitude of books. Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/116460340345537621/

Beadle

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Bowie
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Deviant
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