Tuesday, 12 August 2014

State symbols

Main editorial: List of Virginia state symbols
A immense square metal sign, mostly white, with the words Virginia Welcomes You in blue & red. In the middle a red cardinal bird sits on a branch with white flowers around it.

The Virginia welcome sign at the Virginia welcome middle on I-95 employs the state bird, the cardinal, & the state tree & flower, the dogwood.
The state nickname is its oldest symbol, though it's never been made official by law. Virginia was given the title "Dominion" by King Charles II of England at the time of The Restoration, because it had remained loyal to the crown in the coursework of the English Civil War, & the present moniker, "Old Dominion" is a reference to that title. Charles' supporters were called Cavaliers, & "The Cavalier State" nickname was popularized after the American Civil War to romanticize the antebellum period. Sports teams from the University of Virginia are called the Cavaliers.[303] The other nickname, "Mother of Presidents", is also historic, as eight Virginians have served as President of the United States, including of the first.[1]

Mammal: Virginia Big-Eared Bat
Beverage: Milk
Boat: Chesapeake Bay deadrise
Bird: Cardinal
Dance: Square dancing
Dog: American Foxhound
Fish: Brook trout, Striped bass
Flower/Tree: Dogwood
Fossil: Chesapecten jeffersonius
Insect: Tiger swallowtail
Motto: Sic Semper Tyrannis
Nickname: The Elderly Dominion
Shell: Eastern oyster
Slogan: Virginia is for Lovers
Tartan: Virginia Quadricentennial

The state's motto, Sic Semper Tyrannis, translates from Latin as "Thus Always to Tyrants", & is used on the state seal, which is then used on the flag. While the seal was designed in 1776, & the flag was first used in the 1830s, both were made official in 1930.[1] all of the other symbols were made official in the late 20th century.[304] The Virginia reel is among the square dances classified as the state dance.[17] Virginia currently has no state song. In 1940, Virginia made "Carry Me Back to Elderly Virginny" the state song, but it was retired in 1997 & reclassified as the state song emeritus.[305] Various options, including a version of "Oh Shenandoah", have met with resistance in the Virginia House of Delegates.[306]

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