The state of Utah’s flag has undergone a makeover from its previous bald eagle design, but why? A new state flag for Utah has been approved by legislation and will be used starting on March 9th, 2024, according to reports.
The bald eagle, the national bird of the USA, is surrounded by a golden circle in the present design, which has a navy background. Also, two dates 1847, the year Mormon pioneers first landed in the area, and 1896, the year Utah became the 45th state and Utah’s coat of arms are included.
The western state is changing things up because it was initially adopted in 1913.
Why Did Utah Change Its Flag?
To more effectively reflect the contemporary common ideals of its inhabitants, the state has welcomed the new design. To oversee the redesign, the Utah State Flag Task Force was established in 2020.
The statewide flag initiative, More Than Just A Flag includes a survey in 2021 where participants said the current eagle flag didn’t represent them. Few Utahns could draw the logo due to its complexity and local flags representing sports teams were more common than the state insignia.
“The aim was to create a design that’s easier to reproduce and recognize at a distance, a design that Utahns can rally around. And to create a new state flag design that more Utahns will be proud to display.”
Around 2500 of the 5703 designs that were submitted for review came from students. In November 2022, the winning design—a synthesis of two of the top five finalists was revealed.
The two winning entries were from South Jordan resident Sarina Ehrgott and Bountiful resident Mark Brooks. The latter works for the department of cultural and community engagement in Utah. The general public favored their ideas the most.
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