Utah State Flag and Seal
Utah State Flag
Each state in the country has customarily adopted a state Flag. Since the colonial Days of 1775 each state designed their flags to help distinguish the ideas and tradition of that particular state. The Great Seal of the State of Utah is centered on a blue background. The original Utah State Flag was adopted by the State Legislature in 1896 and revised in 1913. The beehive on the shield stands for hard work and industry. The date 1847 is the year the Mormons came to Utah. A bald eagle, the United States national bird, perches atop the shield and symbolizes protection in peace and war. The sego lily is a symbol of peace and a U.S. flag appears on each side, symbolizing Utah's support to the nation. The Utah State Flag, as we know it today, was originally designed for the battleship Utah in 1912. It was later made the official flag of Utah when Governor William Spry signed House Joint Resolution I in 1913.
Utah State Flag Resolution, 2011
The state flag was adopted by the Legislature in 1911, and the statute which describes the proper appearance of the state flag was passed in
1913. In 1922, changes were made in the state flag which were not consistent with the 1913 statute, and which have been perpetuated in state flags from 1922 to 2011 (View the incorrect flag). The Utah State Flag Concurrent Resolution (Utah State Legislature, 2011 General Session, H.C.R. 2 Enrolled), sponsored by Representative Julie Fisher and Senator Mark Madsen, reaffirmed the 1913 statute and encouraged that state flags be manufactured according to the law.
The redesigned flag was first raised above the Capitol grounds on March 9, 2011, Utah State Flag Day.
Learn more about the Utah State Flag
- Utah State Flag Concurrent Resolution (Utah State Legislature, 2011 General Session, H.C.R. 2 Enrolled)
- State flag (Utah Code 63G-1-501) - Description of Utah's flag
- Display of Flag (Utah Code 57-24-101, 57-24-102) - Definition of flag & restriction on prohibition of display of flag
- Right to Display Flag at Personal Residence (Utah State Legislature, H.B. 79)
- Early State Flags of Utah (Utah State History)
- News Advisory: Governor Herbert to Hold Ceremonial Signing of Bill to Restore Proper State Flag
- Territorial Flag (Only known Image)
- State Flag (1922-2011)
Adopted April 3, 1896, at the first regular session of the Legislature (January, February, March, April 1896). The seal was designed by Harry Edwards; the original seal cost $65.00. The great seal is described in Utah Code Annotated, 1953, Volume 7a, section 67-2-9 as follows:
"The Great Seal of the State of Utah shall be two and one-half inches in diameter, and of the following device; the center a shield and perched thereon an American Eagle with outstretching wings; the top of the shield pierced by six arrows crosswise; under the arrows the motto "INDUSTRY"; beneath the motto a beehive, on either side growing sego lilies; below the figures "1847"; on each side of the shield an American Flag.; encircling all, near the outer edge of the seal, beginning at the lower left-hand portion, the words, "THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF UTAH", with the figures "1896" at the base.
"The Great Seal Rule states, in section R622-2-3.Custody and Use, "The lieutenant governor shall keep custody of the Great Seal of the state of Utah; to keep a register of, and attest, the official acts of the governor; and to affix the Great Seal, with an attestation, to all official documents and instruments to which the official signature of the governor is required. In addition, the Lieutenant Governor of Utah shall be the only agent authorized to affix the seal to any document for the purpose of attesting, certifying, or otherwise formalizing a document. No facsimile or reproduction of the Great Seal may be manufactured, used, displayed, or otherwise employed by anyone without the written approval of the Lieutenant Governor."
Learn more about the Utah State Seal
- Rule R622-2. Use of the Great Seal of the State of Utah (Utah Division of Administrative Rules)
- A.G. Opinion 94-006. Use and reproduction of the Great Seal of the State of Utah (Utah Office of the Attorney General)