8th Medical Brigade, A-1-594

8th Medical Brigade, A-1-594

Description/Blazon
On a maroon octagon 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm) in height overall bearing a white Greek cross surmounted by a yellow crown of seven points, (six points extending beyond the cross) all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) white border.

Symbolism
The Greek cross, a symbol of aid and assistance is used to represent the 8th Medical Brigade. The crown alluding to New York referred to as the "Empire State" was suggested by the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. In numerology the number eight symbolizes regeneration and achievement. The octagon shape furthermore alludes to the numerical designation of the 8th Medical Brigade. Maroon and white are colors used for the Army Medical Department.
Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 16 July 1976.
(TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-594)
Information & Plaques Courtesy of The Institute of Heraldry!!

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