Seal of West Virginia on Acrylic Fridge Magnet
West Virginia is a state in the United States that is situated in the Appalachian area of the Southern U.S. West Virginia is bordered on its southwest by Kentucky, on its northern side by Pennsylvania, on its northwest side by Ohio, on its northeast end by Maryland and on its southeastern side by Virginia. You will come across several great souvenirs of the state but you won't be able to resist this acrylic fridge magnet that displays a picture of the seal of West Virginia which is the official seal of the state and was accepted during 1863.
Description of the Seal
The seal is round in shape and its circular border is yellow in color, having the words 'STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA MONTANI SEMPER LIBERI' written on it. In the middle of the seal, you can see a big boulder with 'JUNE 20 1863' inscribed on it; this is the date West Virginia was given the status of a state. Two rifles and a red liberty cap are placed in front of the boulder; they symbolize the significance of fighting for freedom. On either side of the boulder, you can see a man standing; the one on the left is a farmer holding a plow and axe with a cornstalk placed behind him; he signifies agriculture while the man on the right is a miner holding a pickaxe with a sledge hammer and an avil placed behind him and he represents industry.
Motto of West Virginia
The words Montani Semper Liberi written on the seal of Wes Virginia are also the motto of the state. Montani Semper Liberi means 'mountaineers are always free'; this also represents the nickname of West Virginia 'the Mountain State.' This motto was officially adopted during the constitution signed in 1872 and is stated in the Article II, Section 2-7 of the 1872 Constitution of the State.