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TheSealofPhiladelphia The Seal of Philadelphia(1874)

The seal was adopted by City Council on Feb. 14, 1874. Its centerpiece is a shield displaying a ship under full sail at the bottom and a plow above.

The ship was the symbol of the Free Society of Traders, a London business organization that promoted the colony of Pennsylvania (and gave its name to Society Hill). The vessel also represents commerce. The plow is the symbol that WIlliam Penn assigned to Chester County. It is also a general heraldic symbol for agriculture, which was very important in the settlement and history of Pennsylvania.

Two Female figures flank the shield. The one on the left wears an olive garland and holds a scroll inscribed with an anchor. The garland signifies peace, and the anchor also signifies hope. The figure on the right holds a cornucopia, symbolizing abundance.

Above the shield appears a bent arm holding the scales of justice and mercy, and below is a macaronic phrase containing the greek and latin words Philadelphia Maneto - "Let Brotherly Love Continue". The words come from the New Testament - Hebrews 13:1 - and are said to have been uttered by the last of the Penns visiting Philadelphia in the 19th century.

The seal's blue and gold are the city's colors. Blue the color of the heavens, stands for aspiration. Gold signifies high worth.

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Every MARCH 27th, during the Philadelphia Flag Day Event, Twenty-Seven Thousand ($27,000) "Philly Flag Dollars" are allocated to celebrate individuals who embody the Philadelphia Civic Flag's message ~ "PHILADELPHIA MANETO (Let Brotherly Love Continue) through Peace, Hope, Justice, and Prosperity!" At the public, "citizens event," produced in their honor, the Award Winners are presented with the esteemed Philadelphia Maneto Awards, which includes a check for $2700.00, an award plaque, an award Flag, plus "Star Citizen Treatment," including Limousine Service to an elegant Philadelphia Maneto Award Reception at the Four Seasons Hotel. Not to mention, the opportunity to help raise the anniversary Philadelphia Civic Flag on the majestic Flagpole as fellow citizens cheer them on! It's a FLAG-TASTIC event to showcase the Award Winner's worthy efforts to "let brotherly love continue" for Philadelphia. Nominate someone TODAY!

» Criteria

The nominated individual's "brotherly love" actions have benefited the County of Philadelphia.

The nominated individuals are not required to live in Philadelphia County.

There is no age limit for nominated individuals.

The nominated individual may be living or deceased.

Previous nominations (for those who did not receive the award) may be resubmitted for consideration the following year.

» Participation

Nominations for the 2016 Philadelphia Maneto Awards will begin on March 27, 2015 and be accepted through December 31, 2015.

» Nomination Form

The nomination form for the 2016 Philadelphia Maneto Awards is here.