The shield is held by two animals representing Michigan, the elk on the left and the moose on the right. Michigan is on an international boundary, and the figure of the man shows his right hand raised in peace. The left hand holds a gun to say that although we love peace, we are ready to defend our state and nation. On the red ribbon: "E Pluribus Unum," means "Out of many, one," a motto of the United States. On light blue shield: "Tuebor," means "I will defend." On white ribbon: "Si Quæris Peninsulam Amnam Circumspice," means "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you." (The official state motto).