Queen's York Rangers-Warriors of the Crescent Moon
Like all military units, the Queen’s York Rangers (1st Americans) proudly continues a heritage from days gone by. Traditionally, Rangers were intrepid souls who were wanderers and protectors of certain territories, of “ranges”. They lived off the land, were loyal to their lords and could appear out of nowhere be it forest, mountain or meadow. Such was the reputation of rangers already in the early 18th century when Major Robert Rogers, our first CO, formed his Rangers in the 1750s and then later led them against those unruly colonists who opted to leave His Majesty and form their own republic. Just as all Rangers before and since, they have had a symbolic attachment to the crescent moon; we are all “warriors of the crescent moon”. But why? Good question!
To understand this symbolism we need to look even further back than the American War of Rebellion. We need to go back to antiquity. The Ancients worshiped many gods and goddesses, believing them to control the weather, the sun, moon and stars. Apollo, in his golden chariot drawn by four fiery steeds (Pyrois, Aeos, Aethon, and Phlegon), pulled the sun across the sky each day. But at night while he was in Oceanus it was Diana, goddess of the hunt, who was mistress of the sky. Diana’s symbol was the moon and particularly the crescent moon. Her weapon was the hushed bow and her servant was the owl, known not only for wisdom but also for sudden death on silent wings. When Rangers went looking for a badge by which to identify, what better symbol than a crescent moon? They moved by night, hunted for their food and struck terror into the hearts of their enemies (those disloyal colonists) by darkness. And so it was that all Rangers came to be identified with a crescent moon.
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