Pennsylvania State Motto

Virtue, Liberty, and Independence

The state motto of Pennsylvania is "Virtue, Liberty, and Independence." Adopted in 1778, this motto reflects the core values that the state's founders deemed essential. "Virtue" signifies moral excellence and righteousness, "Liberty" represents the state of being free, and "Independence" reflects the historical significance of Pennsylvania during the American Revolution, as it was one of the original thirteen colonies and the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The motto encapsulates Pennsylvania's commitment to principles of virtue, freedom, and the pursuit of independence.