"The ghosts of our fathers beat drums by our sides The trophies of the day: scalps and hides We fight, not for the hate of the tyrant We fight, because of love for what is behind us"
"Semper Paratus" Latin for 'Always Prepared'. The horse has historically been a key component in battle and one that the rider had to have complete trust and faith in. It's prized for its strength, agility and when properly trained, fearlessness. Given the central role the horse played in an army, it was well cared for. Proverbs speaks of the horse being prepared, but trusting in the Lord for victory...
"The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD." - Proverbs 21:31
Thirteen leaves for the 13 colonies.
Providence - Divine direction and guidance. George Washington used this word in many of his writings. He's noted as seeking the guidance (providence) of God in all matters. His actions on and off the battlefield were a direct reflection. The pine tree held significance to colonists in New England and became a symbol of distain for the crown an resistance. The thirteen 6-pointed stars represent the 13 colonies and are situated in the canton much like many flags of the period.
Leading up to the American Revolution, the rattle snake was an established symbol of Colonial America. Benjamin Franklin has been noted as saying the rattlesnake never backed down when provoked, which captured “the temper and conduct of America.”
The two rifles symbolize the tool used to back up the observation Benjamin Franklin made.