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State of UTAH

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State Flag: ( click here - for enlarged view)

On a blue field, appears the state seal. In the center of the seal is a beehive, the state emblem, with a sego lily growing on either side. The sego lily stands for peace. The state motto "Industry" means steady effort. A national flag shows that Utah supports the United States. The eagle stands for protection in peace and war. The date 1847 represents the year that Brigham Young led a group of people to the Salt Lake Valley to reestablish in Utah, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, also know as The Mormons. The date 1896 represents the year that Utah gained admission to the Union of the United States.

State Seal:

At the center of the Great Seal of the state of Utah is a shield with a beehive, the word "Industry", and the date 1847. Even prior to Utah gaining statehood in 1896, the image of the beehive and the term "Industry" were unofficial symbols of the region. The 1847 provisional state of Deseret, which was to become Utah, adopted the beehive as its official emblem, and the symbol carried through as Utah became a part of the Union. The qualities of the beehive (industry, perseverance, thrift, stability, and self-reliance) were all virtues respected by the region's settlers. On both sides of the seal are American flags, atop the shield is an American eagle, and under it "1847". The circumference of the seal contains the words "The Great Seal of the State of Utah", and the date of statehood, "1896".

State Nickname:

"Beehive State"... The beehive became the official state emblem on March 4, 1959. Utahans relate the beehive symbol to industry and the pionéer virtues of thrift and perseverance. The beehive was chosen as the emblem for the provisional State of Deseret in 1848 and was maintained on the seal of the State of Utah when Utah became a state in 1896.

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