~ As the central figure of the Seal and Flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia, “Virtus” is visible throughout the Commonwealth and is recognized outside our borders as well.
~ The name Virtus means “virtue” in Latin. Virtue is not proud, is not selfish, does not lust, and is unafraid of any foe. Virtus is not a mercenary warrior but a duty bound one.
~ The Latin superscription, “Sic Semper Tyrannis” means ‘thus always to tyrants’ and stands as a proper motto of a free people who loathe parasites, panderers, plunderers and their ilk.
~ As our symbol Virtus was conceived during the turbulent times of our first Revolutionary War and as symbolism depicts the convictions and aspirations of our Founders.
~ The hand of Thomas Jefferson played a significant role in the creation of the Seal of Virginia and many of his ideals can be identified in her form.
~ Virtus represents truth and justice in triumph over tyranny, limited constitutional government, state sovereignty, the rule of law, sanctity of private property, freedom of religion, rigorous classical education, civic virtue and civic duty, and personal responsibility.
~ Virtus came forth from the brilliant minds of Western Civilization and stands eternally vigilant to guard and preserve all which that implies and all that we hold dear. She stands in sharp contrast to the French whore placed prominently in New York Harbor by those who opposed the Jeffersonian Constitutional Republic and whose idea of liberty is license.
~ Virtus reminds us that liberty’s greatest burden is the freedom to choose between good and evil and that evil cannot be found in inanimate objects but only within the human heart.
~ As the cradle of Liberty and Mother of Presidents and Statesmen our Commonwealth deserves her historic Virtus.