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United Nations insignia
Lt. Col. Bruce P. Crandall, U.S. Army, receives the Medal of Honor in 2007 for extraordinary heroism in the Vietnam War (1965).

An insignia (Latin: īnsignia, nominative plural of īnsigne, "emblem, token, symbol"), plural insignias, is a symbol or token of personal power, status or office, or of an official body of government or jurisdiction.[1] An insignia is usually the emblem of a specific or general authority.

Legal restrictions[edit]

Official insignia are often protected by law as to allow their use only by people holding a specific office or staff members acting on behalf of such a person. Misuse, defacement and destruction of such symbols is considered an offense in many countries.[clarification needed]


Typical examples of insignia include:


  1. ^ "insignia | a badge or sign which shows that a person is a member of a particular group or has a particular rank". Retrieved 2015-04-12. 
  • Pimbley, Arthur Francis (1908). Pimbley's dictionary of heraldry. Pimbley.