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Let's celebrate Virginia Day! πŸ‡§πŸ‡Ώ

June 25, 1788 was when the Commonwealth of Virginia was founded. It was the state of presidents including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. It is home of the Arlington Cemetary, the U.S. Navy and, PBS, USA Today, CBN many others. It's also the home of Storyteller and Norfolk. 

Virginia's iconic motto, "Sic Semper Tyrannus" is a Latin phrase meaning "thus always to tyrants". It suggests that bad outcomes should or eventually will befall tyrants.

The state tree and flower is the Dogwood and the state bird is a Red Cardinal. 

The state's current athlem is "O' Great Virginia" is was created and adopted in 2015 by Mike Greenly and arranged by Jim Papoulis. It was proceeded by "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny", a song written circa 1878 by James A. Bland (1854–1911), an African-American composer and minstrel performer. It was Virginia's state song from 1940 until 1997.

You'll always be our great Virginia.
You're the birthplace of the nation:
Where history was changed forever.
Today, your glory stays, as we build tomorrow.
I fill with pride at all you give us—
Rolling hills, majestic mountains,
From the Shenandoah to the Atlantic,
Rivers wide and forests tall, all in one Virginia.
For each of us here in Virginia,
From farm to city dweller,
All of us, we stand together.
We're yours, we all are yours—
Across our great Virginia.
You'll always be our great Virginia.

A circular seal with the words "Virginia" on the top and "Sic Semper Tyrannis" on the bottom. In the center, a woman wearing a blue toga and Athenian helmet stands on the chest of dead man wearing a purple breastplate and skirt. The woman holds a spear and sheathed sword. The man holds a broken chain while his crown lies away from the figures. Orange leaves encircle the seal.

 Let's celebrate Virginia Day!
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