Residents of Eagle Mountain have undoubtedly noticed the roundabout in City Center as well as the south entrance at City Hall, both with three large flagpoles. One flying the United States flag, one for the Utah state flag and one for the Eagle Mountain City flag.
Eagle Mountain City displays all three and keeps an eye on them for wear and tear so they can be properly replaced as needed. Wind and weather are factors in the durability of any flag.
All three flags are flown day and night, 365 days a year — sometimes at half-staff under Presidential Proclamation.
When the United States flag becomes worn and cannot be repaired, Eagle Mountain City returns them to the manufacturer for proper disposal.
The Utah state flag is currently undergoing a redesign.
While many designs were submitted by Utah citizens and groups, those have been winnowed down and modified to a final design choice by the Utah State Flag Task Force. The next step will be in the hands of the Utah State Legislature, which will consider approval of the design in a bill expected to be presented in the January 2023 legislative session.
This new design has elements representing the northern Utah mountains, the Utah state beehive logo, and an eight-pointed star — which represents Utah’s eight sovereign Native American tribes. The red stripe represents the red rock of southern Utah.
“When the new design is finally approved by the state legislature and it becomes time to replace the Utah state flags that fly here in Eagle Mountain, the City will recoup a little of the cost of those old flags by offering them for sale at a discount to the public, provided they are still in good condition,” says Jeff Weber, Eagle Mountain facilities operations director.
Eagle Mountain City flags have undergone a few design changes over the years, as the City logo has been updated. The City Recorder’s Office has kept one of each of these various designs for the purposes of record-keeping. Those designs will be on display at Eagle Mountain City Hall during the week of Flag Day 2023.
There may be some who are unaware of the proper disposal of worn-out United States flags. They are not to be disposed of in the trash like an ordinary worn-out item.
Just as there is protocol for raising and flying the flag, there is also protocol for disposing of flags in a dignified manner, according to several federal laws. Many state and county government offices and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posts have flag disposal boxes outside of their buildings. Police stations also collect them.
Once the disposal boxes are full, various organizations such as American Legions, VFWs, and the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts collect the flags and hold flag retirement ceremonies. The ceremonies are conducted in a specified manner to show honor and respect to the flag.
More information about United States flag retirement may be found at the U.S. Department of Defense website.