Virginia was the 10th state in the USA. - it became a state on June 25, 1788. - state capital is Richmond. - nickname is Old Dominion. - state tree is the Flowering Dogwood. - state animal is the Big-Eared Bat.
Virginia's official state flag was adopted in 1861. - the flag has a deep blue background with a white circle in the center. - in the center are the words "VIRGINIA," and "SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS" (Latin for "thus always to tyrants"). - depicting the state's motto on the flag is the goddess Virtue (who is holding a sword and a spear), who has defeated a tyrant, who is lying on the ground, and is holding a chain and a scourge (a whip). - nearby is the tyrant's fallen crown. - Virtue symbolizes Virginia and the tyrant symbolizes Britain. - red Virginia creepers and green leaves surround the scene. - a white silk fringe is on the edge farthest from the flagstaff.
Virginia, a southeastern U.S. state, stretches from the Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachian Mountains, with a long Atlantic coastline. It's one of the 13 original colonies, with historic landmarks including Monticello, founding father Thomas Jefferson’s iconic Charlottesville plantation. The Jamestown Settlement and Colonial Williamsburg are living-history museums reenacting Colonial and Revolutionary-era life.