Should NH redesign the state flag?

Nov 12, 2017

Rep. Timothy Josephson is sponsoring a 2018 bill that would establish a committee to study redesigning the state flag. The committee would be tasked with developing potential designs that include the state motto and an image of the Old Man of the Mountain. Read more about this issue

Would you support a redesign of the New Hampshire state flag?

Discussion held on Citizens Count NH website and Facebook page November 12, 2017

392 citizens responded338 citizens were opposed to redesigning the state flag21 citizens were in favor of redesigning the state flag33 citizens said other

What Participants Said

No: 338 citizens were against redesigning the New Hampshire flag.

  • “No. It’s fine just the way it is.”
  • “Because it kind of looks like other states' flags doesn't seem like a particularly compelling reason to change.”
  • “No… Some things should change. Others, not so much. Why waste time and resources on this?”

Yes: 21 citizens were in favor of redesigning the New Hampshire flag.

  • “Yes. Change is good. The old flag can be displayed at a museum.”
  • “Unfortunately, New Hampshire's flag looks far too similar to roughly 16 other state flags. It would be nice to have something unique and distinctive for the state.”
  • “I’d be fine with it. The only claim to fame the USS Raleigh had was it was one of the first vessels commissioned. Other than that, it was ingloriously abandoned and subsequently captured by the British.”

Other: 31 citizens addressed their comments to related questions and issues.
These included:

  •  Most of these individuals were asking for clarification of possible reasons for changing the flag. 

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.

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Jackie Benson
- Kensington

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 1:38pm

A state flag is an important marketing tool. States like Texas and New Mexico have flags that make a contribution to their brand. New Hampshire's flag doesn't. This bill would cost next to nothing and but could help to improve the state's image across the nation.

Linda Murray
- Brentwood

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 8:10pm

New Hampshire's flag is unique. It should not be changed.
The Old Man is gone and ion no way does it now represent NH.

Related Bill

HB 1242 (2018)
Bill Status: Killed in the House
Hearing date: Jan 17, 2018

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