Insignia and Symbolism of the Pershing Rifles
THE CREST OF THE PERSHING RIFLES
THE SYMBOLS OF THE PERSHING RIFLES
The colors of Pershing Rifles, blue and white, have traditional national significance. These are the colors of the cord, worn on the left shoulder, the membership ribbon, the pledge ribbon, and the guidon. White is for purity, cleanliness of life, and rectitude of conduct. Blue is for loyalty, devotion, friendship, justice, and truth.
The design of the membership ribbon is identical to the Army Good Conduct Medal, which denotes exemplary conduct at all times. The six white stripes on the membership ribbon, starting on the inside as the ribbon is worn and moving outward, stand for:
The pledge ribbon is half blue and half white. It is worn with the white segment to the left.
The official flower is the white rose. Traditionally, this flower represents the most important man or family of the era. For the Pershing Rifleman, the white rose symbolizes the great life of their founder, General of the Armies John Joseph Pershing, who made the ideals of the Pershing Rifleman a reality.
The Pershing Rifles Officer shields are blue, trimmed in silver, with a torch and crossed rifles superimposed upon the shields. The rank of a Pershing Rifles officer is shown by miniature army devices on the upper part of the shield.