Freedom and Unity
The state motto of Vermont is “Freedom and Unity” and it appears on Vermont’s coat of arms, state seal, state flag, and the U.S. Mint’s commemorative quarter for Vermont.
In 2015, Vermont also adopted a state Latin motto when a Latin student Angela Kubicke suggested that it be added. The phrase picked by Kubicke was, “Stella quarta decima fulgeat,” which means “May the 14th star shine bright.” It was deemed fitting since Vermont was the 14th state to join the union. However, due to a misunderstanding there started a heated debate and controversy with regards to making this the official Latin motto. Many people thought Latin meant of or relating to Latino people and objected based on that.