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What's With the Hat?

That's not a hat.  It's a cap.  A Phyrigian cap.

The Phrygian cap is a soft conical cap with the top pulled forward. In early modern Europe it came to signify freedom and the pursuit of liberty, through a confusion with the pileus, the felt cap of manumitted slaves of ancient Rome. Accordingly, the Phrygian cap is sometimes called a liberty cap; in artistic representations it signifies freedom and the pursuit of liberty.

In 1793, U.S. coinage frequently showed liberty wearing the cap or, on many 19th-century pieces, holding it on a Liberty Pole. The U.S. Army has, since 1778, utilized a "War Office Seal" in which the motto "This We'll Defend" is displayed directly over a Phrygian cap on an upturned sword. It also appears on the state flags of West Virginia, New Jersey, and New York, as well as the official seal of the United States Senate, the state of Iowa, the state of North Carolina, as well as the arms of its Senate, and on the reverse side of the Seal of Virginia.

LIBERTAS ET PATRIA!  LIBERTY AND COUNTRY!

The Sons of Liberty Welcomes You!

The Sons of Liberty is part of the Sons of the American Revolution. Part of Los Angeles since 1908, we are a historical, educational, and patriotic organization that seeks to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, an appreciation for true patriotism, a respect for our national symbols, the value of American citizenship and the unifying force of "e pluribus unum" that has created, from the people of many nations, one nation and one people.

We do this by perpetuating the stories of patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph of the men who achieved the independence of the American people in the belief that these stories are universal ones of man's eternal struggle against tyranny, relevant to all time, and will inspire and strengthen each succeeding generation as it too is called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in our public institutions.

Join us today and get involved in one of the following youth and educational outreach programs in greater Los Angeles.
 

  • Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest
  • The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest
  • The George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest
  • ROTC/JROTC Recognition Program
  • Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship
  • Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award


You can join the Sons of Liberty immediately and without proof of a qualifying Patriot Ancestor! We are here to help you find your link to the Revolution.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED to our FREE monthly genealogical workshop held in Los Angeles the third Saturday of every month. Check our calendar for the latest information.

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