The Latin motto, "Sic semper tyrannis," at the bottom of the state seal means "Thus Always to Tyrants." This quote is attributed to Brutus during the assassination of Julius Caesar in Rome. The woman is "Virtus the genius of the Commonwealth, dressed as an Amazon" (Code of Virginia § 1-500) and represents Virginia. The prostrate man represents tyranny; note the fallen crown to the right. The tyrant is holding both a chain and a scourge.
Proposals for a New Flag of Virginia
Shown below are proposals by various designers for a new flag of Virginia
VA Proposed Flag "Bezbojnicul"
VA Proposed Flag "FlagFreak"
VA Proposed Flag "Iserlohn"
VA Proposed Flag "Pimsleurable"
VA Proposed Flag "Pimsleurable" modified by Zolntsa
VA Proposed Flag "Tjm91"
VA Proposed Flag "lizard-socks"
VA Proposed Flag "Tibbetts"
VA Flag Proposal "SonofSibir"
VA Flag Proposal "Dutchie"
VA Flag Proposal "Andrew Rogers 1"
VA Flag Proposal "Andrew Rogers 2"
VA Flag Proposal "Emperor Norton I"
Virginia Flag Proposal "Zolntsa"
VA Flag Proposal "Usacelt"
VA Flag Proposal "Saul Zulske"
VA Flag Proposal "Saul Zulske" modified by Ben Karnell
VA Flag Proposal by Kermitdefrog
Virginia State Flag Proposal No. 6 Designed By: Stephen Richard Barlow 8 AUG 2014
VA Flag Proposal "BigRed618"
VA Proposal "Rebranding America" modified by Ben Karnell
Virginia State Flag Simplistic Proposal. To reference the fact that more presidents have come from this state than from any other I used the stripe ratio that is associated with contemporary presidential campaigns. By Ed Mitchell. 2013.
This is my tweak of a design by "Tjm91". Posted by Ken Morton
State flag for Virginia proposed by Ken Morton. A number of posted designs have included chains, often broken, as representations of Virginia's state motto, "Sic Semper Tyrannis." Here the the chains stand for slavery, not freedom; specifically the enslavement of Africans. The chains represents the economic and social system that built the state and its created its wealth. The red stands for every drop of blood shed during three and one-half centuries of slavery and segregation enforced by rape, violence and murder.