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HMCS Tecumseh

Calgary, Alberta
Confirmation of the blazon of a Badge
January 15, 2009
Vol. V, p. 416

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Blazon

Badge

Sable an annulus Argent surmounted by a panther crouching to spring Or;

Motto

IN PACE BELLUM PARA;


Symbolism

Badge

The crouching panther shown against the darkness of the night sky represents the celestial panther, the totem of the clan to which the great Shawnee warrior and leader Tecumseh (c. 1768-1813) belonged. Tecumseh’s name, literally “I cross the path”, has also been translated as “a panther crouching in wait”. The annulus marks the unity of the various tribes originally from the Ohio region brought together by Tecumseh and allied with the British in the War of 1812.

Motto

Meaning “In peace prepare for war”.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 20, 2010, in Volume 144, page 441 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Not available

Painter

Calligrapher
* Not applicable / Sans objet


Recipient Information

Military Institution
Military

The badge was originally approved on 22 September 1948.