Every State’s Flag and What It Represents

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Virginia
> Flag design: State seal on an azure field
> Officially adopted on: 1912

The official state seal is represented on the Virginia flag. The seal features the goddess Virtus, who represents Virginia. She is depicted dressed as an Amazon, wearing a helmet and holding a spear and sword, above the Latin motto “Sic semper tyrannis,” which means “Thus always to tyrants.” She is standing over a defeated tyrant.

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Washington
> Flag design: The state seal, displaying an image of state namesake George Washington, on a field of dark green (gold fringe is optional)
> Officially adopted on: 1923

Washington’s flag is the only state flag displaying an image of an actual person, George Washington. (Washington is the only state named in honor of a U.S. president.) It is the only state with a flag that features a green background.

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West Virginia
> Flag design: State coat of arms on a white field, wreathed by rhododendron with a red ribbon reading ‘State of West Virginia’
> Officially adopted on: 1929

The West Virginia flag has the state motto in Latin “Montani Semper Liberi,” which means “Mountaineers Are Always Free.” A wreath of rhododendron, the state flower, is also featured. The farmer and the miner in the design are standing next to a rock inscribed with the date when West Virginia became a state — June 20, 1863.

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Wisconsin
> Flag design: State coat of arms on a blue field
> Officially adopted on: 1981

Wisconsin’s state flag’s design contains many symbols. The blue background represents wisdom and trust. The miner is a symbol of workers in the state; the sailor represents the state’s extensive coastline; and the golden seal signifies four major trades in Wisconsin — navigation, manufacturing, mining, and agriculture. “1848” refers to the year Wisconsin was admitted to the Union. The state’s motto, “Forward,” is included at the top.

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Wyoming
> Flag design: A silhouette of an American bison on a blue field, with white and red coats around it
> Officially adopted on: 1917

The bison is Wyoming’s official state animal. The red, white, and blue colors of the state flag are the same as the colors on the national flag. The red on the border is a symbol of the Native Americans who first lived in the region. The red also symbolizes the blood of the people who died for the land. White is a symbol for purity, and blue, the color of loyalty, stands for the state’s sky and mountains.

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