121ST CAVALRY 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: Or, a bar wavy Vert, overall on a saltire Gules a fleur-de-lis of the first fimbriated to chief and base of the third. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “VIGILANTIA ET VIS” in Red letters.

Symbolism
The colors yellow and green are for Armor. A fleur-de-lis on a red saltire, elements of the coat of arms of the 174th Infantry Regiment, indicates the organization’s historic continuity with that unit and is symbolic of the Civil War and World War I campaign awards. The wavy band refers to the organization’s home area, the vicinity of Buffalo, an important inland port. The motto translates to “Vigilance and Strength.”

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 27th Reconnaissance Battalion on 5 August 1955. It was redesignated for the 121st Armor Regiment on 16 March 1962. The insignia was redesignated for the 121st Cavalry Regiment on 11 July 1967.




Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Blazon

Shield

Or, a bar wavy Vert, overall on a saltire Gules a fleur-de-lis of the first fimbriated to chief and base of the third.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the New York Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Or and Vert, the full rigged ship “Half Moon” all Proper.

Motto

VIGILANTIA ET VIS (Vigilance and Strength).

Symbolism

Shield

The colors yellow and green are for Armor. A fleur-de-lis on a red saltire, elements of the coat of arms of the 174th Infantry Regiment, indicates the organization’s historic continuity with that unit and is symbolic of the Civil War and World War I campaign awards. The wavy band refers to the organization’s home area, the vicinity of Buffalo, an important inland port.

Crest

The crest is that of the New York Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was originally approved for the 27th Reconnaissance Battalion on 5 August 1955. It was redesignated for the 121st Armor Regiment on 16 March 1962. The insignia was redesignated for the 121st Cavalry Regiment on 11 July 1967.





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