109th Infantry Regiment, Pennsylvania Army National Guard
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109TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, PENNSYLVANIA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Azure, in fess a sheathed Roman sword, point to base, and a giant cactus Or; on a chief of the last six fleurs-de-lis of the field.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors (Or and Azure) a lion rampant guardant Proper holding in dexter paw a naked scimitar Argent, hilted Or, and in sinister an escutcheon Argent on a fess Sable three plates.
Motto: Cives arma ferant (Let the Citizens Bear Arms).
Distinctive Unit Inisignia: A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure in fess, a sheathed Roman sword, point to base, and a giant cactus Or; on a chief of the last six fleurs-de-lis of the field. Attached below the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “CIVES ARMA FERANT” in Blue letters.
The shield is blue for Infantry. The sheathed Roman sword, taken from the Spanish War Service Medal, indicates the service during the Spanish-American War, the cactus denotes the service on the Mexican Border and the chief with the six fleurs-de-lis symbolizes the six battle honors during World War I.
The coat of arms was originally approved on July 2 1929. The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved on June 11 1929. It was amended to correct the description on 6 July 1929.
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