115th Infantry Regiment, Maryland Army National Guard

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115TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, MARYLAND ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

Coat of arms (crest) of the 115th Infantry Regiment, Maryland Army National Guard

Official blazon

Arms : Argent, on a saltire per saltire Azure and Gray per cross counterchanged in bend three alerions of the first, between in fess the Spanish War badge of the 1st Division, 2d Corps (a Red four-leaf clover) and a prickly pear cactus, all Proper.
Crest : That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Maryland Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Azure, a cross bottony per cross quarterly Gules and Argent.
Motto: RALLY ROUND THE FLAG.

Origin/meaning

The Crest is that for Regiments and Separate Battalions of the Maryland Army National Guard. The White colour of the Shield symbolises Infantry. The alerions are taken from the coat of arms of the Province of Lorraine, France and represent World War I service in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. The saltire represents Civil War service; the four-leaf clover, service in the 1st Division, 2d Corps, in the Spanish-American War; and the cactus, Mexican Border service in 1916. The motto is from the statement made by Colonel Kenly of the 1st Maryland, at the battle of Front Royal, Virginia, 1862-05-23, at the most critical moment of the fight.

The coat of arms was originally approved for the 1st Regiment Infantry, Maryland National Guard on 1927-07-15. It was amended by addition of information to the symbolism on 1928-03-09. The coat of arms was redesignated for the 115th Infantry Regiment, Maryland Army National Guard on 1941-02-03.

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