Flag of West Virginia

State: West Virginia

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West Virginia Flag Description:
The flag of West Virginia consists of a white base that is framed in blue. The state seal is in the center of the flag.

West Virginia Flag Meaning:
The white base stands for the purity of the state and the blue represents the United States.The shield shows two men.

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One is a farmer who represents agriculture and the other is a miner who represents industry. The rock they are standing next to represents strength and stability. The date of West Virginia's admission to the Union, June 20, 1863, is on the rock. There are two rifles and a Phrygian, or Liberty Cap, in front of the rock and they signify that West Virginia fought for its freedom and is prepared to protect it. The state's motto: Montani Semper Liberi, which means 'Mountaineers Are Always Free', is written on a red ribbon. Rhododendron sprays, the state flower, adorn the lower half of the shield.

West Virginia Flag History:
The flag was adopted on Mar. 7, 1929. The state seal was adopted in 1863. West Virginia is the 35th state of the union, gaining statehood on June 20, 1863.

Interesting West Virginia Facts:
West Virginia's state nickname is the Mountain State.