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Ratification or Admission:  June 25, 1788 (10th)
Present Constitution Adopted:  1970
State Abbreviation:  VA
State Capital:  Richmond
Largest City - Population:  Virginia Beach
Origin of the Name:  Named in honor of England's Queen Elizabeth (“Virgin Queen”)
State Motto:  “Sic semper tyrannis” (Thus always to tyrants)
State Nickname:  The Old Dominion
State Song:  “Carry Me Back To Old Virginia” By: James B. Bland
State Animal:  American Foxhound
State Bird:  Northern Cardinal
State Fish:  Brook Trout / Striped Bass
State Flower:  American Dogwood
State Fruit:  None
State Gemstone:  None
State Insect:  Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
State Mineral:  None
State Tree:  Flowering Dogwood
State Flag:  On the Virginia flag, the deep blue field contains the seal of Virginia with the Latin motto “Sic Semper Tyrannis” – “Thus Always to Tyrants”. Adopted in 1776. The two figures are acting out the meaning of the motto. Both are dressed as warriors. The woman, Virtue, represents Virginia. The man holding a scourge and chain shows that he is a tyrant. His fallen crown is nearby.


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