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West Virginia State Military Crest

State Military Crest

West Virginia State Military Crest (Coat of Arms)

Adopted on September 26, 1863.

The state military crest, which is the crest used in the coats of arms of units of the National Guard, as granted by the precursor organizations of what is now the Army Institute of Heraldry was adopted on September 26, 1863.

The official Institute of Heraldry blazon is "A slip of mountain rhododendron in full bloom and leaved proper."

West Virginia State Military Crest:
State Military Crest

National Guard

The state military crest, which is the crest used in the coats of arms of units of the National Guard, as granted by the precursor organizations of what is now the Army Institute of Heraldry. The official Institute of Heraldry blazon is "A slip of mountain rhododendron in full bloom and leaved proper."

State Military Crest (Coat of Arms)

  • Description: That for regiments and separate battalions of the West Virginia Army National Guard: From a wreath of colors, a slip of mountain rhododendron in full bloom and leaved Proper.
  • Symbolism: The mountain rhododendron is the State flower and appears on the flag of West Virginia.
  • Background: The crest was approved for color bearing organizations of the State of West Virginia on 4 April 1924.
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