Dedicated to the distinguished service of Major General Clarence Ransom Edwards, U.S.A., D.S.M., A.M., LL.D., commanding officer during the Great World War and beloved "Daddy" of the 26th Yankee Division, A.E.F. made up of National Guard Units of New England. The first American Unit organized as a division in the United States and transported complete to France. Due to the inspiration the General gave his men they became an outstanding division of the American forces. Awarded the Croix de Guerre with palm, made commander of the Legion of Honor by the French Government and presented the Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold, by the King of Belgium.