List of Virginia state symbols
This is a list of symbols of the United States Commonwealth of Virginia. Most of the items in the list are officially recognized symbols created by an act of the Virginia General Assembly and signed into law by the governor. The state nickname, The Old Dominion, is the oldest symbol. However, it is the only symbol that is not official. The other nickname, "Mother of Presidents", is also historic, as eight Virginians have served as President of the United States, including four of the first five: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson. Additionally, Sam Houston, president of the Republic of Texas, Fulwar Skipwith, the president of the Republic of West Florida, and Joseph Jenkins Roberts, the first president of Liberia were from Virginia.
The state motto and seal have been official since Virginia declared its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Virginia is one of only two states (the other being Mississippi with the Magnolia) to have the same plant for state flower and state tree, the Flowering Dogwood. Most of the symbols were made official in the late 20th century.
|Flag||State seal on a blue background. Defined as:
|Motto||Sic semper tyrannis
(Thus always to tyrants)
|Nickname||Old Dominion, Mother of States, Mother of Presidents||n/a[B]|
|Seal||The Seal of Virginia. Defined as:
|1950 (original adopted in 1776)|
|Slogan||Virginia is for Lovers||1969|
|License plate||The plate has a completely white background. Virginia is written in red at the top. "400th Anniversary" is written at the bottom with a picture of a ship separating the words. 1607 is written on the left and 2007 is written on the right.||2013|
|Bat||Virginia Big-Eared Bat
(Canis lupus familiaris)
|Fresh Water Fish||Brook trout
|Insect||Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
|Salt Water Fish||Striped Bass
|Boat||Chesapeake Bay deadrise||1988|
George Washington's Rye Whiskey (state spirit)
|Folk dance||Square dance||1991|
|Maple Festival||Highland County Maple Festival||2014|
|Song||"Our Great Virginia" (traditional)
"Sweet Virginia Breeze" (popular)
"Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" (emeritus)
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- Commonwealth of Virginia (February 1, 1950). "§ 1-506. Flag of the Commonwealth". Code of Virginia. Virginia: Commonwealth of Virginia. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
The flag of the Commonwealth shall be a deep blue field, with a circular white centre of the same material. Upon this circle shall be painted or embroidered, to show on both sides alike, the coat of arms of the Commonwealth, as described in § 1-500 for the obverse of the great seal of the Commonwealth; and there may be a white fringe on the outer edge, furthest from the flagstaff. This shall be known and respected as the flag of the Commonwealth. (Code 1950, § 7-32; 1966, c. 102, § 7.1-32; 2005, c. 839.)
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