The engraving illustrates The Colors and a shield of The Stars and
Stripes before which stands the figure of Columbia conferring upon her
son The Accolade of the New Chivalry of Humanity. The touch of the
sword at the shoulder of her kneeling son denotes the Honor of Service
vested in him by virtue of his allegiance to The Constitution of The
Unites States of America which she holds high against the starry field
of Our Flag.
The comrades stand at "Present Arms" around the altar, denoting highest
respect to the ceremony.
On each side of the subject appears the old Roman symbol of strength
and justice, the Fasces. This symbol represents the great protective
units of strength made possible through the binding of many young
branches around the staff of the edged weapon. Even greater is the
strength denoted by the braided and crossed binding strands.
The inscription over the
group reads --
COLUMBIA GIVES TO HER SON
ACCOLADE OF THE
CHIVALRY OF HUMANITY
The space below the
symbolic group is worded:
(Name of Gold Star)
SERVED WITH HONOR IN THE WORLD WAR
DIED IN THE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY.
Signed by WOODROW WILSON