Springfield is looking to change the city’s flag and over the next two weeks, Queen City residents will be able to let city officials know which flag they want.
“A city flag should spark feelings of civic pride,” city spokeswoman Cora Scott said in a press release. “City Council wants to know if the citizens of Springfield are connecting with the current city flag or if it’s time to reinvent it with a new design and symbolism.”
The proposed flag comes from a design developed in 2017 by a group called the Springfield Identity Project.
In a light blue and white color scheme, the new flag is centered by a dark blue and white eight-pointed emblem, called the “crown of the compass.” This symbol represents “Springfield’s role as the crossroads of the nation” and refers to the city’s nickname, “Queen City of the Ozarks,” according to the city’s flag design survey.
“Three four-pointed stars represent three elements of the city: the spirit of innovation, the connection with nature and the Ozarks culture. A wide horizontal white stripe is believed to symbolize the Ozark Plateau, on which Springfield was built, and Route 66. A light blue background represents the water and sky of Ozark, ”according to the city’s survey.
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Springfield’s current flag was adopted in 1938 after the design was submitted by art students at the local high school.
The survey describes the current Springfield flag as “made up of three horizontal bars in red (symbolizing cooperation), white (symbolizing achievement) and blue (symbolizing civic pride) and with a white star in each corner symbolizing the achievements of the city in matters of religion, home, education and industry. ”
According to the Springfield Identity Project website, the city’s current flag is not “connected with (people)” and residents “don’t even know” which flag the city is using.
“(The flag) doesn’t speak to Springfield’s unique history and identity,” according to the website.
Since the design unveiling in 2017, the light blue and white flag has been informally adopted by many businesses and residents of the Springfield area, including the News-Leader’s annual “Captain Springfield” competition.
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But now the city government is looking at whether Springfield residents want to formalize the flag.
Interested readers can take an online flag survey at flag.questionpro.com until August 18. Print versions of the survey are available at branches of the Springfield-Greene County Library District, Coffee Ethic, Mudhouse, and Hotel Vandivort.
The survey also allows citizens to submit their own flag design for the city.