Flag of Virginia
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The flag of Virginia consists of a dark blue background on which the state seal is depicted. The color blue represents the Union. The seal shows 'Virtus' as the ancient personification of valor. She stands as a victor with her left foot on the tyrant.
In her left hand she holds a sword; with her right hand she leans on a spear.
The tyrant has a whip in his right hand and a broken chain in his left. In the right half lies a fallen crown, representing the detachment from the monarchy. Above them, in red letters, is the name Virginia and below that the Latin motto 'Sic semper tyrannis' ('Thus it shall always be to tyrants!'). The seal is surrounded by red flowers.
The flag was officially adopted on March 9, 1904. Virginia got its name in 1584 in honor of Queen Elizabeth of England, who was also nicknamed 'Virgin Queen'.
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