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West Virginia State Symbols

Each state in the United States of America is unique. The people and legislature of West Virginia have selected the following state symbols to represent their state's individual environment and culture.

The West Virginia State Seal

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The Great Seal of West Virginia was adopted by the Legislature on September 26, 1863. The seal bears the legend, State of West Virginia, together with the motto, "Montani Semper Liberi" (Mountaineers Are Always Free). A farmer stands to the right and a miner to the left of a large rock bearing the date of admission to the Union, June 20, 1863. In front of the rock are two hunters' rifles with a Phrygian Cap, or "Cap of Liberty", resting at the cross of the rifles.

The 50 State Seals

The West Virginia State Flag

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A white field is bordered in dark blue. West Virginia's flag displays a rock containing the date June 20, 1863, the day West Virginia became a state. The two men represent farming and mining. Below them are two rifles with a "Liberty Cap" on top the rifles. A banner ribbon includes the state motto “Mountaineers Are Always Free". Around the picture are a wreath of rhododendron and the name of the state on a red ribbon.

The 50 State Flags

Other State Symbols

  • Animal: Black bear
  • Bird: Cardinal
  • Butterfly: Monarch
  • Flower: Rhododendron
  • Fossil: Ground sloth
  • Insect: Honey bee
  • Tree: Sugar maple

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