Three Centuries of Flags on Exhibit

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.

Security Forces Transfer of Authority Ceremony at Camp Eggers

Brigadier General Tom Cosentino, deputy commander, Regional Support, seated, looks on as Lieutenant Colonel Craig Baker, U.S. Army, commander of the Ohio Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 134th Field Artillery Regiment, standing to the left of flag, and Command Sergeant Major Thomas Watson, assume Security Forces duty during a transfer of authority ceremony held at Camp Eggers, NATO Training Mission Afghanistan. NTM-A is a coalition of 37 contributing nations charged with assisting the government of Afghanistan in generating a capable and sustainable Afghan National Security Force ready to take lead of their country’s security by 2014.

Ohio National Guard Flag on Loan

Ohio History Connection volunteer, Anna McCullough, and curator Cliff Eckle place the flag flat in a drawer of the 134th Field Artillery in the open storage cabinet in the Follow the Flag exhibit.

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

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