The elements composing a full coat of arms, called an achievement of arms, derive from the equipment of a medieval knight.


The elements composing a full coat of arms, called an achievement of arms, derive from the equipment of a medieval knight.

They are: A shield with heraldic markings or devices (called charges), above which are a helmet topped by a crest.

Often attached to the helmet and surrounding the shield is flowing material known as mantling, which is alludes to the material used to protect the knight from the sun's rays (it is now solely decorative).

A motto (or war cry), which can be changed at will, usually completes the coat of arms.

The shields of peers, senior knights and leading corporate bodies are flanked by supporters (usually representations of real or imagined people or beasts).

The Internal Revenue Service recognised the Foundation as a 501(c)(3) entity. The Foundation's EIN is 13-3152635.