Utah Flag Change

  On February 17th, 2011 Utah House Concurrent Resolution 2 passed both the State House and Senate unanimously and has been signed by Governor Gary Herbert. As allowed by this resolution, we will be shipping our current design until our stock is depleted and printing the updated design thereafter. The resolution appears below with all of the details surrounding the history and changes of the current design.
 

This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor  recognizes that current state law accurately reflects the 1913 design of the official state flag and urges that all newly manufactured, official flags of the state of Utah accurately reflect the statutory description of the state flag.

This resolution recognizes that Utah Code Section 63G-1-501 accurately reflects the 1913 description of the official state flag of Utah; and urges manufacturers of state flags to modify the current design of the official flag of the state of Utah to accurately reflect the description of the flag as approved by the Utah Legislature in 1913.

Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:

Whereas, the first Utah state flag was created in 1903 at the request of Governor Heber M. Wells; whereas, the Governor’s request came by way of invitation from the President of the St. Louis World’s Fair to have a delegation from Utah travel to St, Louis and dedicate the site of the Utah Exhibit and have the state flag flown in a parade of the 45 states at the World’s Fair; whereas, the Utah State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution responded to the Governor’s request to sponsor the manufacture of the flag; whereas, the flag was presented to the Governor by the Society on March 31, 1903; whereas, alterations were made to the flag so that its appearance more closely reflected the official state seal from which the design was taken; whereas, the society enlisted Utah artist H.L.A. Culmer to help seamstress and flag maker Agnes Teudt Fernelius in finalizing the design of the flag; whereas, on May 1, 1903, the Utah delegation to the St. Louis World’s Fair marched proudly alongside the state’s new flag in the Parade of States; whereas, the flag was formally referred to as the Governor’s flag or the Governor’s regimental flag until 1911, when the Legislature formally adopted its design as the official state flag; whereas, a second flag was finished in early 1913 and presented by the state to the battleship U.S.S. Utah on June 25, 1913; whereas, that same year, Representative Annie Cannon successfully introduced House Joint Resolution 1, which established the current flag design reflected in statute; whereas, Utah Code Section 63G-1-501 describes the flag as, “a flag of blue field, fringed, with gold borders, with the following device worked in natural colors on the center of the blue field: The center a shield; above the shield and thereon an American eagle with outstretched wings; the top of the shield pierced with six arrows arranged crosswise; upon the shield under the arrows the word “Industry,” and below the word “Industry” on the center of the shield, a beehive; on each side of the beehive, growing sego lilies, below the beehive and near the bottom of the shield, the word “Utah,” and below the word “Utah” and on the bottom of the shield, the figures “1847”; with the appearance of being back of the shield there shall be two American flags on flagstaffs placed crosswise with the flag so draped that they will project beyond each side of the shield, the heads of the flagstaffs appearing in front of the eagle’s wings and the bottom of each staff appearing over the face of the draped flag below the shield; below the shield and flags and upon the blue field, the figures “1896”; around the entire design, a narrow circle in gold; whereas, a third state flag was prepared in 1922 which mistakenly has the year 1847 beneath the shield instead of on the shield, and the error has been perpetuated to this day; whereas, in the interest of accurately preserving a symbol of the state’s rich history, and to follow the wording of Utah Code Section 63G-1-501, all new flags should be made to reflect the statutory flag description and all Utah flags currently in use or in stock should be utilized until unserviceable.

Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein, recognize that Utah Code Section 63G-1-501 accurately reflects the 1913 description of the official state flag of Utah.

Be it further resolved that the Legislature and the Governor urge manufacturers of the state flag to modify the current design of the official flag of the state of Utah to accurately reflect the description of the flag as approved by the Utah Legislature in 1913.

Be it further resolved that the Legislature and the Governor urge that all Utah flags be prepared in honor of past generations and for the benefit of present and future generations. 

Information provided by Eder Flag Manufacturing Company.

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