3x5 Virginia State Flag For Sale
- Made with bright, vibrant, and durable Solormax Nylon.
- 2 brass grommets
- Indoor/Outdoor Flag
- Made in America
- Sold by Americans
The Commonwealth of Virginia state flag consists of the obverse of the Virginia State Seal on a field of dark blue. The flag was first adopted in 1861, at the beginning of the American Civil War and then additional standardization to the flag in 1950.
In the center of the flag, the seal sits with a female figure personifying the Roman virtue of Virtus, a figure of peace. She stands in a victory pose with the battle already won with the tip of her long spear facing down as she uses it as a rest. In her other hand, she holds a sheathed sword, a parazonium, which is a sword not of combat but on authority. Her foot stands on the chest of Tyranny, representing Great Brittain. The royal crown lay on the ground representing the Commonwealths new freedom from the monarchical control of the king. The figure of tyranny has a broken chain in his left hand with a useless whip in his right. These are symbolic of Virginia breaking the chains of tyranny and the relief from torturing whips used as acts of punishment by Great Brittian. Tyranny wears a robe of purple signifying Julius Ceasar and the Roman King Tarquinius Priscus.
This image is encircled by sprigs of Virginia Creeperred flowers. In between the image and flowers at the top is the word "Virginia" with the words at the bottom reading "Sic Semper Tyrannis." Which translates to "Thus always to tyrants" but more popularly the motto is said to mean "Get your foot off my neck."
Virginia State Seal
When the colony of Virginia declared it's independence from Great Britain a committee was appointed to make an official seal for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The committee had only 4 members, Richard Henry Lee, George Mason, George Wythe, and Robert Carter Nicholas Sr., and as they did not want the seal to mimick the coats-of-arms used in Great Britain in the slightest they opted for a design inspired by Ancient Rome and adopted a two-sided Seal. (shown below)
While the Great Seal (obverse side) is described above displaying on the flag the reverse contains 3 Roman goddesses, representing blessings of freedom and peace. The center goddess is the matron Libertas, the goddess of individual liberties, holding a wand with a Phrygian cap hanging from the top signifying her magical gifts. On her left, Ceres stands, the Roman goddess of agriculture. She holds an enormous stalk of wheat in one hand and a horn of plenty in her other to signify the abundance of Virginias harvest. On Libertas's right, Aeternitas stands to represent the eternity of Virginia. She holds a golden ball, a symbol of authority, with a phoenix standing on the ball to represent the effective government in the Commonwealth. Above the goddesses the motto of "Perseverando" which translates to "Persevering." Said to represent a reminder to all future generations the need to persist in maintaining the blessings of liberty.