A yearslong effort to replace the city of Springfield's flag may be coming closer to a conclusion.
The city yesterday began collecting public input on a potential flag change. In addition to weighing in on the current flag in place since the late 1930s and a 2017 submission from Springfield Identity Project, participants have the opportunity to submit their own designs, according to a news release. The results will be shared with Springfield City Council to advise further action.
“A city flag should elicit feelings of civic pride,” said Cora Scott, the city's director of public information and civic engagement, in the release. “City Council wants to know if Springfield citizens connect with the current city flag, or whether it’s time to reimagine it with a new design and symbolism.”
Public input through an online survey is being accepted through Aug. 18. Paper surveys also are available at Springfield-Greene County Library District branches, The Coffee Ethic, Mudhouse Coffee and Hotel Vandivort.
Springfield Identity Project's proposed flag features a compass crown representing the city’s history as a crossroads. Its three stars represent the city’s connection with nature, entrepreneurial spirit and Ozarks culture, and the white stripe embodies Route 66 and the Ozarks plateau, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.
Hotel Vandivort co-owner John McQueary, a founding member of Springfield Identity Project, has been among the most vocal proponents of the new flag. The flag is painted on the main building at the downtown hotel, and merchandise featuring the design has been sold by local retailers such as Five Pound Apparel.
The current flag, adopted in 1938, had the words "Springfield Missouri" along with red, white and blue stripes and four white stars. The red bar symbolizes cooperation, the white bar symbolizes achievements and the blue bar represents civic pride, according to the survey page. The white stars symbolize the city's achievements in religion, home, education and industry.
The latest survey data yield results.