Springfield's Got a New Flag

Dated: January 12 2022

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"In a 7-2 vote, City Council approved a new city flag design first proposed by the Springfield Identity Project in 2017. A retirement ceremony for the historic city flag is planned to take place when the new flag is raised at city hall March 1." (Press Release)

The original Springfield flag has flown since 1938. However, until the Springfield Identity Project began a movement in 2017 to propose the new design, few knew what the Springfield flag looked like. It was visually similar to the St. Louis flag (retired in 1964) and did little to represent the unique community that Springfield is.

Over the last five years, many have flown the unofficial flag around town. The issue of adopting the new design has gone before the City Council three times and, over the last few months, surveys have been conducted for public engagement and feedback. While there has been some contention over adopting a new flag, with a 7-2 vote Monday night, City Council approved the new design.

To learn more about the meaning behind the new Springfield flag, you can visit sgfflag.org.

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