"I don't see why we need to cancel Utah," said Mike Brown, who identified himself to the committee as a sixth-generation Utahn. "In an era of cancel culture, that's exactly what is happening. ... Let's think about our history a little bit."
Compare the symbolism of the proposed flag with the current flag. It is easy to understand why the sego lily flower is important in Utah's history, challenging to understand why blue is for knowledge and freedom, difficult to get industry out of a gold hexagon.
Some of us are still loyal to the United States and the Constitution and want the US Flag and eagle on our state flag.
The new flag is not a bad flag, but it is not our flag with it's rich history of the pioneers, loyalty to the country and inclusion of Utah's Native American Tribes.
THE SYMBOLS ON THE CURRENT FLAG REPRESENT:
A bald eagle, the national bird of the United States, symbolizes protection in peace and war. The sego lily is a a flowering plant that survives in the arid Great Basin climate, and provided food to the early pioneer colony, helping the settlers survive the harsh winters after their arrival in the Salt Lake Valley.
The state motto "Industry" and the beehive represent progress and hard work, and hearkens from the original name of the territory "Deseret" a word from the Book of Mormon meaning honeybee.
The U.S. flags show Utah's support and commitment to the United States. The state name "Utah" appears below the beehive.
The date 1847 represents the year the Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley, while 1896 represents the year that Utah was admitted as the 45th state to the Union.
The six arrows represent the six Native American tribes that live in Utah (Shoshone, Goshute, Navajo, Paiute, Northern Utes, and White Mesa Utes).