“THIS WE’LL DEFEND”
July 11th, 2011
The U.S. Army’s seal and emblem embodies a message of strength, defense, perseverance, courage and many more admirable traits. Originally ONLY used during the American Revolution to authenticate documents, our Army’s seal and emblem proudly boasts the motto, “This We’ll Defend”, a message that relays the Army's constant state of readiness to defend and preserve the United States. It was not until January 29th, 1974, that the Secretary of State approved a newly designed emblem (pictured below) as the official emblem to represent the Army, and reflects the date of the Army’s year of its creation, 1775. Prior to this change, the Army had no official display to identify the Army.
The anatomy of the emblem includes:
The central element of the seal and emblem, the Roman cuirass, is a symbol of strength and defense. The sword, esponton (a type of half-pike formerly used by subordinate officers), musket, bayonet, cannon, cannon balls, mortar, and mortar bombs are representative of Army implements. The drum and drumsticks are symbols of public notification of the Army's purpose and intent to serve the Nation and its people. The Phrygian cap (often called the Cap of Liberty) supported on the point of an unsheathed sword and the motto "This We'll Defend" on a scroll held by the rattlesnake is a symbol depicted on some American colonial flags and signifies the Army's constant readiness to defend and preserve the United States. The colors of the design elements are those traditionally associated with the ideals of the United States and of the U.S. Army. Blue is symbolic of loyalty, vigilance, perseverance, and truth. Red denotes courage, zeal, and fortitude. White alludes to deeds worthy of remembrance. Black is indicative of determination and constancy. Gold represents achievement, dignity, and honor.
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