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Correcting the State Flag

March 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of the Utah state flag.

The Utah Legislature took advantage of this occasion to correct a mistake in the flag's design that has been perpetuated for decades.

Everyone had been mistakenly relying on a 1922 description of the flag rather than the correct 1913 description. This meant that the year "1847" was being placed beneath the shield instead of on the bottom of the shield, where it belongs.

House Concurrent Resolution 2, passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Herbert, recognizes that the design on the Utah state flag should match the description provided in 1913 by House Joint Resolution 1.

You can find the current full description of the flag at Utah Code Section 63G-1-501.

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