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.
Shown below are proposals by various designers for a new flag of Virginia
"Virtue Over Tyranny" : My proposal for a new state flag for the Commonwealth of Virginia. This flag contains 10 five-point stars that represent Virginia. (10th state admitted into the union) They are laid out symmetrically on the same field of blue currently used in the flag. There is a spear and sword crossed as well as centered to represent the weapons carried by "The Goddess Virtue" as well as a fallen crown representing the fall of tyranny. This is to depict what is currently on the state seal, and the state motto in a more modern and simplistic way. (Sic Semper Tyrannis - Thus Always to Tyrants)
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.