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MICHIGAN ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, US

Coat of arms (crest) of Michigan Army National Guard, US

(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
Coat of arms (crest) of Michigan Army National Guard, US

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Coat of arms (crest) of Michigan Army National Guard, US

(Crest)


Official blazon

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: On a blue shield 2 7/8 inches (7.30 cm) in height and 2 3/8 inches (6.03 cm) in width, a yellow griffin segreant on a twist of yellow and blue.

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height consisting of a wavy blue U-shaped scroll inscribed in gold letters with the motto "WITH HONOR WE SERVE," the ends turned inward and conjoined with the lower side petals of a blue fleur-de-lis with central section formed by a white spearhead, the shaft of the spear surmounted below the head by a blue disc bearing a gold griffin segreant and terminating in base upon the center of the scroll.

Crest. Description: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Michigan Army National Guard: From a wreath of colors, a griffin segreant Or.

Origin/meaning

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: The shoulder sleeve insignia is adapted from the crest of the Michigan Army National Guard. The griffin is a symbol of vigilance and readiness. As the original exploration and settlement within the State was French, the twists of the wreath are yellow (gold) and blue. The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Michigan National Guard on 7 March 1949. It was redesignated on 30 December 1983, for Headquarters, State Area Command, Michigan Army National Guard.

Distinctive Unit Insignia: The griffin, a symbol of vigilance and readiness, is adapted from the crest of the Michigan Army National Guard and the spear at center symbolizes the defensive mission of the National Guard. The wavy blue scroll signifies the waters in and around Michigan and the simulated fleur-de-lis alludes to the French heritage of the state. The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment and noncolor bearing units of the Michigan Army National Guard on 4 November 1971. The insignia was redesignated effective 30 December 1983, for Headquarters, State Area Command, Michigan Army National Guard.

Crest: In "LaSalle and the Discovery of the Great West," Parkman describes in Chapter XI et seq., the building of the "Griffin" in 1679 in the calm waters above Niagara Falls. La Salle built the ship to carry his expedition and supplies through the Great Lakes and carved a griffin for its figurehead. He did this in honor of his patron, Count Frontenac; the griffin was a portion of the count's armorial bearings. This was the first whiteman's ship to navigate the great waters which enclose and are enclosed by Michigan. It sailed through Lake Erie, up the Detroit River, past the site of the future city, through Lake St. Clair, up the St. Clair River, through Lake Huron; it stopped at the settlement at Michillimacinac (Macinac Island), visited St. Ignace, sailed into Green Bay and down into Lake Michigan. The crest for color bearing organizations of the State of Michigan was approved on 9 August 1924.


Literature: Images and Information form The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.


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