This is the distinctive unit insignia of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment. The 54th is the Ceremonial Honor Guard of the Massachusetts National Guard and carries the lineage of the fighting 54th, the first African-American regiment organized during the Civil War, depicted in the Movie “Glory.”
Today the 54th is responsible for conducting Military Honors at service member funerals.
The Massachusetts National Guard’s Honor Guard was recently re-designated as the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment in a ceremony at the State House in Boston and the regiment marched, along with 54th Regiment re-enactors, in the Presidential inaugural parade, Jan. 20, 2009.
This illustration was completed in Corel Painter 11 and from the original Adobe Illustrator Files I created to have the DUI pins cast in metal.