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This symbol signifies membership in the Woodmen of the World fraternal organization.
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Grave marker of John T. Holtzmann (Dec. 26, 1945 - May 22, 1899), Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Photo ©2006 Sharon Keating, New Orleans for Visitors. From Photo Tour of Lafayette Cemetery.
The Woodmen of the World fraternal organization was formed from the Modern Woodmen of the World in 1890 for the purpose of providing life insurance death benefits to its members.

A stump or log, axe, wedge, maul, and other woodworking motifs are commonly seen on Woodmen of the World symbols. Sometimes you'll also see a dove carrying an olive branch, as in the symbol shown here. The phrase "Dum Tacet Clamat," meaning though silent he speaks is also often found on WOW grave markers.

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