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Virginia State Motto
"Sic Semper Tyrannis"
(Thus Always to Tyrants)
Adopted in 1776.
Virginia's state motto was adopted as an element of its official seal. The Virginia State Motto, adopted in 1776, appears on the State Seal, symbolizing victory over tyranny.
Virginia's motto is Sic semper Tyrannis, meaning Thus ever unto tyrants. This is the original motto recommended for the Seal of Virginia by George Mason to the Virginia Convention in 1776. It has no literary origin of note.
Code of Virginia, Title 7.1, Chapter 4, Section 7.1-26.
Mottos of the States
State motto is a word, phrase, or sentence inscribed on or attached to a coin, building, or other object. The motto states an important idea for a group of people within the state.
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