West Virginia State Flag
A short history of the West Virginia State flag
West Virginia's official flag was adopted on March 7, 1929. The flag has a pure white field bordered by blue. The state seal is encircled by a garland of the state flower (rhododendron), in the center of the flag is pictured two men (a farmer and a miner) around a rock bearing the date June 20, 1863 (the day West Virginia split from Virginia during the Civil War, and became a state). One man is holding a pickax and the other a woodsman's ax, two hunting rifles are crossed in the foreground with a cap of Liberty upon them (a symbol of freedom). A red ribbon below the guns has the state motto, "Montani Semper Liberi" (meaning "Mountaineers are always free"). A large red ribbon above the seal reads, "STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA."
A short history of West Virginia (The Mountain State)
West Virginia became a state on June 20,1863 and their flag was adopted on March 7, 1929. Explorers traveled through the area in the 1660's, and settlers began to move there in the 1730's. West Virginia petitioned the Continental Congress for a separate government in 1776, and it finally separated from Virginia in 1863.
Became a State: June 20, 1863
Current Flag Adopted: 1929
State Motto: Montani Semper Liberi ("Mountaineers are always free")