Friday, June 01, 2007

Several months ago the force protection folks finally put T-walls in front of our building. T-walls are the handy dandy concrete barriers that keep mortar rounds and shrapnel from slicing through our walls. The walls, however, lack a certain aesthetic quality. So, my Chaplain Assistant put his rather formidable artistic skills to use and painted the Chaplain Crest on what we are calling the “UMT Rock”. I thought you might be interested in the symbolism of the crest.
1. The sun and the rays symbolize the provision and providence of God in nature;
2. The dove and olive branch is the traditional symbol of peace;
3. The open Bible represents the primacy of God’s Word.
4. The color blue represents the heavens and alludes to the spiritual nature and mission of the Chaplain Corps;
5. The rays, in addition to symbolizing the provision and providence of God in nature, also remind us of God’s universal Truth;
6. The surrounding palm branches at the top remind us of spiritual victory;
7. The Shepherd’s Crook indicates the pastoral nature of our ministry;
8. The date 1775 indicates the founding of our Corps – the oldest branch in the U.S. Army;
9. The Latin inscription “Pro Deo et Patria” is our motto, “For God and Country”.

Hopefully the new Unit Ministry Team will keep this wall in place and paint their own. If not, maybe they will simply paint their unit and names in place of our own. And perhaps that is appropriate as they build on our ministry and mission as we have built on those before us.


At 5:41 AM, Blogger rocksalive777 said...

I've been a chaplain's kid for nearly my entire life and nobody has ever explained the crest to me before.

That's very interesting, thank you.

At 8:05 AM, Blogger Sarge Charlie said...

Wow, the old sarge is getting an education, I had no idea you would be the oldest Corps in the service, stay safe my friend, people are waiting on you. I must admit Cpl Mike has lots of talent....

At 1:51 AM, Anonymous Flag Gazer said...

Thank you for the interesting lesson and the great picture!

At 6:39 AM, Blogger Wade Huntsinger said...

Yes, very interesting. Being interested in the past I had researched that b4, but it's better and simple the way you put it. I really lik eth concept that others will build upon the ministry that has been laid. Blessings to you and yours. I am sure those folks in Atlanta are going to be proud to have a pastor of such Character and Honor.

At 8:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful crest and a wonderful application! thanks for teaching me the symbolism behind it.

At 9:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We just received a forwarded email about the soldiers watching the movie - then standing when the music began, singing the Stars Spangled Banner...Praise the Lord for our soldiers.

At 11:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am retired Army from Colorado and found your blog on the GPAA web site. Just wanted to send you a note that you are in my payers for a safe return to your HOME.

At 12:08 PM, Anonymous Myrna said...

Interesting to know.


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