UTAH — A new Utah Flag design has moved closer to a reality for the state as a special commission voted unanimously to send the chosen design to the Utah State Legislature in January 2023 for a vote. Among the features of the final design is a gold beehive in the center amidst horizontal bands of blue, white, and red.
The design was chosen out of 20 semifinalist designs that were, in turn, narrowed down from the more than 5000 ideas and designs submitted. Over 44,000 survey responses from the public were submitted during the process.
“For almost two years, we’ve worked on designing a new state flag that represents all Utahns. We asked the public what they like – and didn’t like – about the designs throughout the process. We now have a final design that was approved by the More Than a Flag Task Force,” said Utah Governor Spencer Cox.
Each color has a specific meaning for areas within the state and emotional symbolism. The red is for the red rocks of Southern Utah and perseverance, white for the state’s snowy peaks and peace, and the blue represents tradition and the dark skies in the state that provide a unique view of the stars. The beehive is for community and industry in the state, while the star’s eight points represent Utah’s Tribal Nations. The hexagon surrounding the beehive and star symbolizes strength and unity.
Utah Lt. Governor Deidre Henderson described the design as “one flag to represent Utah’s shared identity”.
— Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement (@Utah_CCE) November 10, 2022