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'Don't Tread on Me' tags take the heartland by storm

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"Historically the first battle flag ever flown by United States Marine Marine Corps..."

In what may be a prime example of everything old is new again, the Revolutionary War slogan of "Don't Tread on Me" has made its way to more than a few state license plates, and the number is growing, as reported by The Pilot Online (of Hampton Roads, VA) on Dec. 27, 2013.

The Commonwealth of Virginia's tag featuring the curled rattler is reportedly one of the more popular custom tags offered, trailing only to the "In God We Trust" specialty plate.

Along with the states of Arizona, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, the Commonwealth of Virginia offers the unofficial symbol of the Tea Party for an additional $10 a year.

Officially known as The Gadsen Flag, the bright yellow colors are not only an official US flag used in the American War of Independence, it's also historically the first battle flag ever flown by the United States Marine Corps.

Not the Only Conservative Favorite...

It turns out that the Tea Party favorite isn't the only popular personal tag in the Old Dominion.

The pro-life tags "Choose Life" are on 5,400 vehicles, whereas the pro-abortion license plate "Trust Women/Respect Choice" adorns a meager 1,600 registered vehicles.

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