A laurel wreath is a circular wreath made of interlocking branches and leaves of the bay laurel (Laurus nobilis), an aromatic broadleaf evergreen, or later from spineless butcher's broom (Ruscus hypoglossum) or cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus). In Greek mythology, Apollo is represented wearing a laurel wreath on his head. In ancient Greece wreaths were awarded to victors, both in athletic competitions, including the ancient Olympics made of wild olive-tree known as "kotinos" (κότινος), (sc. at Olympia) and in poetic meets; in Rome they were symbols of martial victory, crowning a successful commander during his triumph. Whereas ancient laurel wreaths are most often depicted as a horseshoe shape, modern versions are usually complete rings.
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... The laurel wreath around the star in the lower field remained unchanged to retain the legacy of the Chief Master Sergeants of the Air Force ... collar brass replaced the standard ring with a silver laurel wreath ... Much as with the position's distinctive collar brass, the ring is replaced with a laurel wreath for the CMSAF ...
... Former Headmistress, Prudence Lewty and Bursar Mary Coxall added a laurel wreath around the crest in 1963 ... In heraldic terms, the laurel wreath identifies heroes returning from battle and technically should only be displayed on crests which have been carried into battle ... For this reason the laurel wreath was removed in 1999 ...
... She holds a wreath and a palm ... in the church which has depictions of a wreath and standard and a lion and the words "Pro Patria" carved on each side of the inscription ... figures with a "Next of Kin Plaque" and laurel wreaths and a palm branch ...
... with two or three inner raised rims, resting on one or two circular wreaths of laurel, with a large round gilt central medallion bearing the number. 50 years service) - yellow enameled gilt cross, two laurel wreaths, diagonal red-white-green ribbon with the Mexican eagle as suspender Institutional (45 years service) - red ...
... The "wreath of service" is located on all commissioner position patches in the Boy Scouts of America ... The Wreath of Service represents commitment to program and unit service ...
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“And before, with banner red,
Through the blizzard snow unseen,
All unharmed by hail of lead,
With a step like snow so light,
Showered in myriad pearls of snow.
Crowned in wreath of roses white,
Christ leads onward as they go.”
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Came from Caesars laurel crown.”
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