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The Virginia State Flag
The State Flag of Virginia on its dark blue field depicts an image of the seal of Virgina. The image on the seal is Virtus, the Roman goddess of bravery and military strength. The flag serves as a symbol of honor, heritage and regional pride and is displayed at state buildings. The Virginia State Flag is also flown on national and state holidays and on any other days proclaimed by the governor. There is an Order of Precedence for flags. State Flags are displayed in order as they entered the Union.

Ratified the Constitution in 1788
Virginia is the 10th state
Date the flag was adopted:1861


Facts on the Virginia State Flag Etiquette
Facts and information about flying the ensign and the display of the Virginia Flag:

Virginia State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: The flag may be flown every day in the 10th state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Old Dominion", it should be flown from a flagpole

Fact 3: The Virginia state flag may be flown at night when properly lighted

Fact 4: The flagpole must be at least two and one-half times as long as the state flag

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Virginia State Car Flags
Car Flags are often displayed to represent of an individual's allegiance to their state. Virginia State car flags are used by their owners as mobile emblems of their home. Car flags and are usually made from strong materials and are attached to a car via a pole and clip window attachment.

History, Description, Colors and Symbols of the Virginia State Flag
The Virginia flag is the official identifying symbol of the state, the design of which is established by law in the constitution of the "Old Dominion". What does the flag stand for? The colors, devices and emblems displayed on the Virginia State Flag are not arbitrary but have a definite symbolic meaning. The description, history and meaning of the symbols and colors of the Virginia State Flag are as follows:

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Capital: Richmond
Date of Statehood:
25 June 1788
(10th state)
"Old Dominion"
Flag Ratio: 7:11

What is the design of the Virginia state flag?  

The design is a field of azure blue containing an image of the Seal of Virginia reflecting the history of the state dating back to the Revolutionary War of Independence (1775–1783)

Who does the central, standing figure symbolize?
 The masculine stance leads people to believe at first glance that the figure is a man but it is, in fact, a representation of the Roman goddess Virtus.
 In Ancient Rome the Goddess Virtus was usually depicted carrying a sword and a spear and wearing a helmet and she symbolized character, worth,  and courage. 
 Virtus was the goddess of bravery and military strength and represents the spirit of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
 In this depiction she continues to carry a sword and spear and has clearly been victorious in battle against the man lying at her feet.
 The defeated man symbolizes tyranny and is pictured with a broken chain in his left hand, a scourge in his right hand implying his power has been vanquished
 The defeated man symbolizes tyranny and is pictured with a broken chain in his left hand, a scourge in his right hand implying his power has been vanquished
 The purple toga worn by Tyranny represents the color worn by the Roman Emperors who overthrew the Roman Republic
 The now worthless whip in Tyranny's right hand represents Virginia's release from the British acts of chastisement such as the Intolerable Acts.
 A picture of a fallen crown lies nearby which graphically symbolizes the end of the sovereignty of Great Britain following the American victory in the War of Independence
 The Latin motto of Virginia 'Sic Semper Tyrannis' meaning "Thus Always to Tyrants"), underlines the strong, uncompromising message of the early patriots of Virginia
 The image is surrounded by a border design of Virginia creeper.
What are the colors and what do the colors mean, or symbolize, in heraldry?
 The color blue symbolizes vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice
 The color white is a symbol of peace and honesty
What is the shape and flag ratio? The 'Hoist' is the width and the 'Fly' is the length.
 The ratio is 7:11 meaning it is 7 units tall for every 11 units wide.
Who designed the Virginia State Flag?
 The names of the designers of the central seal were George Mason, George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, and Robert Carter Nicholas
What is the history of the Virginia State Flag? 
 1776: The seal was designed by the patriots of Virginia
 1861: The seal was placed on a dark blue flag as the emblem of the state

When was the Virginia State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 The Virginia flag was officially adopted January 31, 1861
What is the Pledge of Allegiance and Salute?
  The Pledge of Allegiance is as follows:

"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."

 The salute should be made by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.

The Virginia flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.

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