I SEE IT.
The Public Submission Phase Has Closed
Thank you, Utah, for more than 7,000 thoughtful designs and ideas.
Thank you, Utah, for submitting so many thousands upon thousands of thoughtful designs and ideas. Before the Design Review Subcommittee reviews all the submissions, here’s a few photos that illustrate the range of ideas we received. We're proud to have received submissions from residents in every county in Utah.
>> More than 5,000 digital flag design submissions
>> More than 1,500 survey responses about flag symbols and colors
>> More than 1,000 mailed flag designs, many from students throughout the state.
>> We're proud to report that we received submissions from residents in all of Utah's 29 counties!
Photos by Todd Anderson
Here’s some artwork and ideas from Farmington’s Eagle Bay Elementary's school. Which theme resonates most with you?
These photos show the stacks and stacks of flag designs we received from schools across the state. We’re proud to report that we received submissions from residents in all of Utah’s 29 counties.
And here are two flag designs by Caressa Vera and Noah Shaw, students from the Murray Boys and Girls Club, who helped kick off the More Than A Flag initiative at the Utah State Capitol on January 17.
Photos by Todd Anderson
WHY DOES REPRESENTATION IN UTAH’S HISTORY MATTER?
UTAH’S FLAG HISTORY
- Utah’s original flag was created in 1903 to be used at the St. Louis World’s Fair. Utah Gov. Heber M. Wells asked the Daughters of the American Revolution to oversee its creation.
- The blue flag with the state seal and the year 1896 in white thread was known as the Governor’s flag until 1911.
- A flag was ordered in full color in 1912 for presentation to the U.S.S. Utah battleship. A manufacturer redesigned it, without authorization, by adding a gold circle around the seal. The Utah State Legislature adopted those changes in 1913. (That flag is thought to have sunk with the ship in the Pearl Harbor attack of 1941.)
- In 1922, the Utah governor ordered a "correct" state flag, which was based on the 1903 design, with the blue background behind the seal, not white. The flag didn't include the year 1847 in the seal, and that unofficial design became a pattern used by flag makers.
- Utah flags from 1922 to 2011 included the year 1847, but incorrectly added below the state seal. For nearly 90 years the state flew an incorrect "unauthorized" flag.
- Flag mistakes were discovered by historians in the 1980s. In 2011, the Utah Legislature passed a resolution returning the flag to its original approved design.