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H.C.R. 2

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UTAH STATE FLAG CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

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2011 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Julie Fisher

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Senate Sponsor: Mark B. Madsen

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor recognizes that current
             10      state law accurately reflects the 1913 design of the official state flag and urges that all
             11      newly manufactured, official flags of the state of Utah accurately reflect the statutory
             12      description of the state flag.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This resolution:
             15          .    recognizes that Utah Code Section 63G-1-501 accurately reflects the 1913
             16      description of the official state flag of Utah; and
             17          .    urges manufacturers of state flags to modify the current design of the official flag of
             18      the state of Utah to accurately reflect the description of the flag as approved by the
             19      Utah Legislature in 1913.
             20      Special Clauses:
             21          None
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             23      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             24          WHEREAS, the first Utah state flag was created in 1903 at the request of Governor
             25      Heber M. Wells;
             26          WHEREAS, the Governor's request came by way of an invitation from the President of
             27      the St. Louis World's Fair to have a delegation from Utah travel to St. Louis and dedicate the


             28      site of the Utah Exhibit and have the state flag flown in a parade of the 45 states at the World's
             29      Fair;
             30          WHEREAS, the Utah State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
             31      responded to the Governor's request to sponsor the manufacture of the flag;
             32          WHEREAS, the flag was presented to the Governor by the Society on March 31, 1903;
             33          WHEREAS, alterations were made to the flag so that its appearance more closely
             34      reflected the official state seal from which the design was taken;
             35          WHEREAS, the Society enlisted Utah artist H.L.A. Culmer to help seamstress and flag
             36      maker Agnes Teudt Fernelius in finalizing the design of the flag;
             37          WHEREAS, on May 1, 1903, the Utah delegation to the St. Louis World's Fair marched
             38      proudly alongside the state's new flag in the Parade of States;
             39          WHEREAS, the flag was formally referred to as the Governor's flag or the Governor's
             40      regimental flag until 1911, when the Legislature formally adopted its design as the official state
             41      flag;
             42          WHEREAS, a second flag was finished in early 1913 and presented by the state to the
             43      battleship U.S.S. Utah on June 25, 1913;
             44          WHEREAS, that same year, Representative Annie Wells Cannon successfully
             45      introduced House Joint Resolution 1, which established the current flag design reflected in
             46      statute;
             47          WHEREAS, Utah Code Section 63G-1-501 describes the flag as, "a flag of blue field,
             48      fringed, with gold borders, with the following device worked in natural colors on the center of
             49      the blue field:
             50          The center a shield; above the shield and thereon an American eagle with outstretched
             51      wings; the top of the shield pierced with six arrows arranged crosswise; upon the shield under
             52      the arrows the word "Industry," and below the word "Industry" on the center of the shield, a
             53      beehive; on each side of the beehive, growing sego lilies; below the beehive and near the
             54      bottom of the shield, the word "Utah," and below the word "Utah" and on the bottom of the
             55      shield, the figures "1847"; with the appearance of being back of the shield there shall be two
             56      American flags on flagstaffs placed crosswise with the flag so draped that they will project
             57      beyond each side of the shield, the heads of the flagstaffs appearing in front of the eagle's
             58      wings and the bottom of each staff appearing over the face of the draped flag below the shield;


             59      below the shield and flags and upon the blue field, the figures "1896"; around the entire design,
             60      a narrow circle in gold";
             61          WHEREAS, a third state flag was prepared in 1922 which mistakenly has the year 1847
             62      beneath the shield instead of on the shield, and the error has been perpetuated to this day;
             63          WHEREAS, in the interest of accurately preserving a symbol of the state's rich history,
             64      and to follow the wording of Utah Code Section 63G-1-501 , all new flags should be made to
             65      reflect the statutory flag description and all Utah flags currently in use or in stock should be
             66      utilized until unserviceable:
             67          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             68      Governor concurring therein, recognize that Utah Code Section 63G-1-501 accurately reflects
             69      the 1913 description of the official state flag of Utah.
             70          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor urge
             71      manufacturers of the state flag to modify the current design of the official flag of the state of
             72      Utah to accurately reflect the description of the flag as approved by the Utah Legislature in
             73      1913.
             74          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor urge that all Utah
             75      flags be prepared in honor of past generations and for the benefit of present and future
             76      generations.
             77          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to Colonial Flag,
             78      Annin & Company, C.F. Flag, J.C. Schultz Enterprises, Inc. / FlagSource, Valley Forge Flag,
             79      and to the Dixie Flag Manufacturing Company.




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