211th Military Police Battalion (formerly 220th Infantry Regiment), Massachusetts Army National Guard

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211TH MILITARY POLICE BATTALION (FORMERLY 220TH INFANTRY REGIMENT), MASSACHUSETTS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

Coat of arms (crest) of the 211th Military Police Battalion (formerly 220th Infantry Regiment), Massachusetts Army National Guard

Official blazon

Shield: Azure, a bend Gules fimbriated Argent between in chief a pine tree Proper and in base a cross botony with all lines curved (from the badges of the 18th Corps in the Civil War)
of the second fimbriated Or. On a canton Gules fimbriated Or a mullet of six points, on up, of the like charged with an annulet Azure, environing a torteau on which is a cross Or
(from the of the Independent corps of Cadets of 1741)
Crest: The for regiments and separate battalions of the Massachusetts Army National Guard: From a wreath of Argent and Azure, a dexter arm embowed, clothed Bule and ruffed White Proper the
Hand holding grasping a broad sword Argent the pommel and hilt Or
Motto: Monstrat viam (It points the Way)

Origin/meaning

The Blue field symbolises the Infantry Roots of the Battalion. The pine tree indicats Revolutionary War Service. The Cross is from the badge of the 18th Corps in the Civil War.
The Bend is for Engineer Service 1917-18. The Star symbolises the Independent Corps of Cadets, which is the origin of the Battalion. The Motto has long been accompanied the Star.
Originally approved for the 211th Artillery, Coast Artillery Corps on 19 October 1922. It was amended on 24 August 1923 to correct the wording of teh balzonry of the shield and crest.
On 20 April 1950 the Coat of Arms was redesignated for the 126th Heavy Tank Battalion. It was designated for the 220th Infantry on 1 June 1961. On 13 September 1984 the Insignia was
redesignated for the 126th Signal Battalion. The Coat of arms was redesignated for the 211th Military Police Battalion on 16 July 1996.

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Literature: Image from Wikimedia Commons. Symbolism from the Institute of Heraldry, US Army.