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Annals of the Order: "ONCE AN ELK, ETERNALLY AN ELK"

Although a strong departure from the usual "always an Elk" phrase, the reason behind this intensity will become clear soon enough. Scattered across the United States in peaceful corners of the landscape are sacred plots of ground- some small and simple, others quite grandiose- wherein rest the remains of Departed Brothers, still side-by-side in fraternal unity though their final summons to the Celestial Lodge came as far back as a century ago. Some of these Lodge-owned cemetery plots, called ELKS RESTS, have outlived the Lodges which established them, while others have even been forgotten by their Lodges, passing almost invisibly through the years in peaceful repose while a lonely sentinel elk statue presides over its silent Lodge amid the changing seasons.

While we can't fully understand all the social factors which might have induced an Elk in 1905 to want to be buried in an Elks Rest as opposed to some more traditional family plot, we must accept it as irrefutable proof of a strong commitment to the Order, certainly on the part of the deceased Elk, but also by the Lodge which consecrated the site in the first place.

Although the following list cannot be guaranteed as complete, it's all we've found in our records to date, and we'll gladly accept any documented additions. If you ever are in an appropriate locality and feel fraternally inspired, you may want to search out one of the indicated cemeteries and discover the ageless power of true Fraternity by visiting "our Absent Brothers" in the Elks Rest section.

Elks Rests

State Cemetery (if known) Lodge
AK Evergreen Cemetery Juneau #420
AZ South Lawn Cem. Tucson #385
CA Inglewood Cem. Los Angeles #3
Greenwood Cem. San Diego #168
Mountain View Cem. Oakland #171
Crestlawn Cem. Riverside #643
? Cem. San Bernardino #836
Skylawn Memorial Park San Mateo Lodge #1112
CO Cedar Hills Cemetery Ouray Lodge #492
? Cem. Denver #17
Evergreen Cem. Colorado Springs #309
Evergreen Cem. Leadville #236
Pisgah Cemetary Cripple Creek #316
FL Oakdale Cemetery Deland #1463
GA West View Cem. Atlanta #78
IL Mount Greenwood Cem. Chicago South #1596 (orig. #4)
IN Highland Lawn Cem. Terre Haute #86
Valhalla Memorial Gardens Bloomington #446
Oak Hill Cemetery Hobart #1152
Ridge Lawn Cemetery Hobart #1152
IA Elmwood Cem. Waterloo #290
? Cem. Marshalltown #312
KY Cave Hill Cem. Louisville #8
LA Memorial Cem. New Orleans #30
ME Evergreen Cem. Portland #188
MD Lorraine Cem. Baltimore #7
Cedar Bluff Cem. Annapolis #622
MA Mount Hope Cem. Boston #10
? Cem. Lynn #117
Beechbrook Cemetery Gloucester #892
Belleville Cemetery Newburyport #909
MI Perry Mount Park Pontiac-Waterford #810
Forest Lawn Cemetery Saginaw #47
Woodmere Cemetery Detroit #34
MN Lakewood Cem. Minneapolis #44
MT Mountain View Cemetery Livingston #246
MO Bellefontaine Cem. St. Louis #9
Mount Washington Kansas City #26
ND Calvary Cemetery Jamestown #995
Highland Home Cemetery Jamestown #995
NE Forest Lawn Cem. Omaha #39
NH Pine Hill Cem. Dover #184
NJ Laurel Grove Paterson #60
Mount Prospect Cemetery Asbury Park #128
Bayview Cem. Jersey City #211
NY Bay Street Cem. Glens Falls #81
St. Mary's Cem. Glens Falls #81
Valhalla Cem. New York #1
Woodland Cem. Elmira #62
Evergreen Cem. New York #1
? Cem. Jamestown #263
Oakland Cem. Yonkers #707
Ocean View Cem. Staten Island #841
Forest Lawn Buffalo #23
Oakwood Cemetery Syracuse, #31
OH Lake View Cem. Cleveland #18
Green Lawn Columbus #37
Toledo Memorial Gardens Toledo #53
Marion Cemetery Marion #32
PA Mount Moriah Cem. Philadelphia #2
Hallenbeck Cem. Wilkes-Barre #109
? Cem. Scranton #123
? Cem. McKeesport #136
PI La Loma Cemetery (Philippines) Manila #761
RI North Burial Ground Providence #14
SD Yankton Cemetery Yankton #994
TX Oak Grove Cem. Dallas #71
UT Elks Lot Eureka Tintic, #711
VA Elmwood Cem. Norfolk #38
Green Hill Cemetery Danville #227
Greenlawn Cem. Newport News #315
Riverview Cemetery Richmond #45
Hollywood Cemetery Richmond #45
St. John's Episcopal Church Cem. Hampton #366
Thornrose Cemetery Staunton Lodge #351
WA Greenwood Cem. Spokane #228
WI Woodlawn Cemetery Green Bay #259
 

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