Posted by: Ron DuBour | March 29, 2019

Knowing America through Poetry~VIRGINIA~by rldubour


Friday! as we continue our visit to each state closing in on the end hope everyone is enjoying! time to visit our next great state (in alpha order).

 

Knowing America through Poetry

VIRGINIA

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The origin of this state’s name came from
The Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I of England.
Captain John Smith in 1607 founded Jamestown
And the first English settlement for his homeland.

The state motto is~~ “Thus ever to tyrants.”
And the residents here are called Virginians.
The legend is Captain Smith loved Pocahontas
Of the Powhatan’s Native Indians.

The Tiger swallowtail butterfly is the insect
The official dog is the American fox hound.
The dogwood is both the tree and flower
And the cardinal is the state bird that’s found.

The tomb of the Unknown Soldiers is in
Arlington National Cemetery
To honor those who gave their lives for
Their country and their bravery.

Kentucky and West Virginia were formed
From sections of this state.
The 10th of the 13 original colonies
It was admitted to the union in 1788.

In Richmond at St. John’s Church
Patrick Henry spoke with his own breath.
And in his speech he said those famous words
“Give me Liberty or Give me Death.”

Virginia is the home base for the United
States Navy’s Atlantic Fleet.
The Pentagon building is in Arlington
Where decisions made are kept discreet.

The world’s largest ship builder is also
Virginia’s largest private employer in respect.
And the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is the
World’s largest bridge-tunnel complex.

For centuries on Assateague Island
Wild ponies are free to roam.
The Blue Ridge Mountains are in this state
And the first peanuts here were grown.

Once again it is time for names before we are done.
Admiral Byrd, Ella Fitzgerald and George Washington
Woodrow Wilson, Zachary Taylor and James Madison.
Roy Clark, Warren Beatty, James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson
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Statehood, June 25, 1788 the 10th state
Capital is Richmond

 

 

 

 

 


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