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New flag for Salt Lake City officially approved

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Posted at 4:07 PM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 18:25:02-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A new flag representing Salt Lake City was officially approved at Tuesday night's city council meeting.

The flag was proposed in late September and was created in order to replace the old city flag which was "never fully embraced by our residents," according to Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall.

Mendenhall says the flag's backdrop can represent the sky and salt or the snow and the Great Salt Lake. The Sego Lily represents resilience.

Mendenall also commented on the flag in a tweet:

"This process, which included more than 6k flag selection survey responses, has been a bright spot amid a challenging year & I will forever associate our beautiful new flag design with the hope and resilience that Salt Lake City has so much of."

The city received over 600 submissions and were graded based on principles of good design including: Keep It Simple, Use Meaningful Symbolism, Use 2-3 Basic Colors, No Lettering or Seals, and Be Distinctive or Be Related.

The designers of the winning submission were two students at West High School -- Arianna Meinking, 18, and Ella Kennedy-Yoon, 17.