111TH AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia

Distinctive Unit Insignia

Description
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules, on a cross Or voided of the field, a saltire in fess Gray fimbriated of the second between two fleurs-de-lis of the like. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “GLORY AND HONOR” in Red letters.

Symbolism
Scarlet and yellow are the colors used for Artillery. The voided cross of St. George refers to the English colonization and development of Virginia, and to perpetuate Grimes Battery, formed at Portsmouth in 1809 and now an element of the organization; it also refers to the War of 1812. The saltire is for Confederate service in the War Between the States. The two fleurs-de-lis are for service in France and Central Europe, World War II; and also allude to the award of the French Croix de Guerre with palm (World War II) for participation in the invasion of Normandy.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 129th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion on 22 September 1955. It was cancelled on 23 March 1960. The insignia was reinstated and redesignated for the 111th Air Defense Artillery Regiment with the symbolism revised on 30 August 1976.




Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Gules, on a cross Or voided of the field, a saltire in fess Gray fimbriated of the second between two fleurs-de-lis of the like.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Virginia Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors (Or and Gules) “Virtus the genius of the Commonwealth dressed as an Amazon, resting on a spear with one hand and holding a sword in the other; and treading on Tyranny, represented by a man prostrate, a crown falling from his head, a broken chain in his left hand and a scourge in his right” all Proper.

Motto

GLORY AND HONOR.

Symbolism

Shield

Scarlet and yellow are the colors used for Artillery. The voided cross of St. George refers to the English colonization and development of Virginia, and to perpetuate Grimes Battery, formed at Portsmouth in 1809 and now an element of the organization; it also refers to the War of 1812. The saltire is for Confederate service in the War Between the States. The two fleurs-de-lis are for service in France and Central Europe, World War II; and also allude to the award of the French Croix de Guerre with palm (World War II) for participation in the invasion of Normandy.

Crest

The crest is that of the Virginia Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 129th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion on 22 September 1955. It was cancelled on 23 March 1960. The insignia was reinstated and redesignated for the 111th Air Defense Artillery Regiment with the symbolism revised on 30 August 1976.





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