Welcome to the New York State Guide. Use the tabs to navigate through the pages of this brief guide.
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The New York State Flag: Emblazoned on a dark blue field is the state coat of arms. The goddess Liberty, representing fredom, holds a pole with a Liberty cap on top. Liberty stands for freedom. At her feet is a discarded crown, representing freedom from England at the end of the Revolutionary War. On the right is the goddess Justice, wearing a blindfold and holding the scales of justice. The scales represent equal treatment under the law. The state motto "Excelsior" on a white ribbon expresses the idea of reaching upward toward higher goals. On the shield a sun rises over the Hudson highlands and ships sail the Hudson River. Above the shield is an eagle resting on a globe representing the Western Hemisphere.
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