Thanks to a recent loan from the Ohio National Guard there are three centuries of flags represented in the Follow the Flag exhibit at the Ohio History Center. The new addition to the exhibit is the flag of the 134th Field Artillery of the Ohio National Guard who served in Afghanistan in 2011.
Embroidered on the red field of the flag is the arms of the unit. The crest above the eagle’s head represents the Ohio Army National Guard. There are 17 arrows representing that Ohio was the 17th state to join the Union. Below the arrows are Buckeye leaves with a bursting burr of Buckeyes. On the ribbon is the unit’s motto “Fides Et Audax” which is Latin for “Faithful and Bold.” The shield on the eagle has red indicating the original allocation of the unit as artillery. The blue represents Civil War service. The three alerions are from the arms of Lorraine, a province of France, and denotes World War I service.
Cliff Eckle, Curator of History