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What does a WRC flag marker represent?

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David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  While placing flags on veterans graves over Veterans Day weekend, I noticed some flag markers with WRC on them.  Not sure but I imagine there is some connection with the Civil War.


Answer: The W.R.C. stands for the Women's Relief Corps was the auxiliary to the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic).  This organization made up of daughters, mothers, and spouses of Civil War veterans were very active in the late 19th century through the early 20th century.  An example of a typical flag marker can be seen online here:

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