Virginia

Old Dominion

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • Blue field

  • Obverse side of the seal of the commonwealth of Virginia

  • Virtus (commonwealth) dressed as an Amazon with a spear and a sword

  • Dead man with fallen crown, broken chain, and scourge

  • “Virginia”

  • “Sic Semper Tyrannis” (state motto meaning “Thus always to tyrants”)

  • Laurel of flowering dogwood (state flower)

The flag of Virginia was originally adapted in 1861 with the start of the Civil War. The state had other variations but readapted the flag March 28, 1912. 

According to the North American Vexillology Association’s 2001 survey of 72 American and Canadian flags, Virginia has the 54th best flag. 

Keep it simple: The details in the seal are very complicated, especially the laural border. The humans and their clothes have lots of details too that would get lost if view 100 ft away, like on a flag pole.

Use meaningful symbolism: The seal is the symbolism of the commonwealth overtaking tyrany. 

Use two or three basic colors: In this flag we see sixteen colors being used.

No lettering or seals: There is a seal on this flag with wording.

Be distinctive or be related: This is another “seal on a bed sheet” or flag with just the seal on it. Not distinct as a state flag.

The Redesign

Keep it simple: With this redesign, I simplified the seal down to a gold bar, a spear, and a blue field.

Use meaningful symbolism: The gold bar is symbolic of tyrany. It is being taken over by the white spear (commonwealth) and blue field. 

Use two or three basic colors: In this flag we see three colors being used.

No lettering or seals: I have taken out the seal and there is no lettering.

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is distinct.