2D ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

"TOUJOURS PRET"

HERALDIC ITEMS

DESCRIPTION
SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA
SYMBOLISM
The distinctive insignia is a gold eight-pointed star of rays surmounted by a green palmetto leaf charged with a silver fleur-de-lis, on a green ribbon scroll forming the base of the device, the regimental motto "Toujours Pret " in gold letters.
The color of the facings of the old dragoon regiment were orange, which is used for the field of the shield; the insignia was an eight pointed star of gold, two of them (conforming with the numerical designation) are placed on the shield. The traditional episode in the regiment is the charge of Cpt May's squadron on the Mexican artillery at Resaca de la Palma, which is commemorated by the principal charge on the shield.
Background Shield
The Palmetto Leaf
The Fleur-de-lis
Originally called the Second Dragoons, the Regiment wore an eight-pointed gilted star as a cap ornament. Representing the very earliest of the history of the Second Armored Cavalry, the dragoon star froms the background of the insignia. In 1836 for its campaign, the Second Dragoons moved to the Florida Everglades to engage the hostile Seminole Indians. The green leaf of the palmetto tree which was common to these swamps commemorates the first campaign of the Regiment. The Second Cavalry Regiment was the only American unit to participate in World War I as horse cavalry. The fleur-de-lis is the historic emblem of France where this action took place.
The Scroll and Motto

The Motto "Toujours Pret" translated from the French means "Always Ready".

It indicates the spirit and mission of the regiment to go wherever and whenever needed.

Toujours Pret !

LINEAGE AND HONORS