The motto is short and simple, a perfect adage to summarize not only our early years, the past generations that made immense sacrifices to protect our land and live their lives plentiful in food and surviving the harsh winters, but a great statement to show that Mainer’s are tough and willing to weather the storm when there are strong leaders to lead through the tough times.
Wikipedia – Dirigo (Latin “I direct” or “I lead”) is the state motto of Maine, having once been the only state to hold its elections in September. (Politicians kept their eyes on these elections for evidence of a trend. Prior to the New Deal, Republicans claimed “As Maine goes, so goes the nation.”)
“…as the Polar Star has been considered the mariner’s guide and director in conducting the ship over the pathless ocean to the desired haven, and as the center of magnetic attraction; as it has been figuratively used to denote the point, to which all affections turn, and as it is here intended to represent the State, it may be considered the citizens’ guide, and the object to which the patriot’s best exertions should be directed”.
State Motto: *Dirigo (I Lead)