• The Spartan Shield Award is intended to recognize SMS community members who engage in acts of courage or bravery, specifically to protect another person from harm or potential danger. This award is appropriately named because the shield was "the hoplite’s most important piece of equipment." A Spartan could lose his helmet or breastplate with impunity but would be disgraced if he threw away his shield because, “You wear the armor for your own protection but you carry your shield for the protection of the entire line.” 


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