Independant Order of Odd Fellows
"Three links" with the letters "F. L. & T."
from California Odd Fellow & Rebekah, Volume 45, Number 2, March-April, 1996
The three links symbolize the chain that binds members together and illustrates that a fraternity is strongest when joined together. The "F" in the first link represents "Friendship", the strongest bond of fraternity that teaches goodwill and harmony. The "L" represents "Love", the basis for all life's ambitions, service to others and family. The "T" represents "Truth", the standard by which we value people and the foundation of our society.
The official three links of the Order are specified as:
The links shall be 1 3/4 inches outside length and 1 3/8 inches inside length by 15/16 inches outside width and 9/16 inches inside width.
The central link shall be dominate, linking over the first and third links.
The horizontal center of the links shall be on a 4 1/2 inch radius with the vertical center of the outer (outside) two links centered 15 degrees from the center of the middle link.
The letters 'F', 'L' and 'T' to be inserted in the links.
The colors of the links shall be: first link - White; second link - Blue; third link - Red