Dirigo – ‘I lead’
The term Dirigo (Latin: I direct” or “I lead”) is the motto of the great State of Maine, having once been the only state to hold its elections in September. Dirigo is represented by the North or Polar Star which has been considered “the mariner’s guide” in sailing long distances.
The State seal shows a shield adorned with a tranquil scene of a moose resting in a field bordered by water and woods; a pine tree stands tall directly behind the moose. On either side of the shield, a farmer rests on his scythe, and a sailor leans on an anchor. Above the shield is the motto “Dirigo” (I lead), and a stylized North Star. Below the shield is a banner that reads “Maine”.