6.26.2006

Virginia, a land of things

Most of you know of our great seal of Virginia, with the Sic Semper Tyrannis and of Virtus standing over the dead tyrant. But what of the reverse side of that seal? It has three goddesses, Libertas, Ceres, and Aeternitas. Each are holding symbols of fortune, power, liberty and authority. But that's not the only thing.

State shell: Oyster
State fish: Brook Trout
State dance: Square Dance
State bat: Virginia big eared bat
State boat: Chesapeake Bay Deadrise
State dog: American Fox Hound
State drink: Milk

We even have a state fossil: the Chesapecten Jeffersonius

But the best is the salute to the state flag, in keeping with our states' rights heritage (thanks TJ)
that was adopted in 1954:
"I salute the flag of Virginia, with reverence and patriotic devotion
to the 'Mother of States and Statesmen',
-which it represents- the 'Old Dominion',
where liberty and independence were born."
You can find out more about Virginia here. And learn more about the state seals here.

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