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Sandy flag makers overwhelmed with demand for Ukraine flags

Mar 11, 2022, 6:10 PM | Updated: Jun 19, 2022, 9:29 pm

SANDY, Utah — Since the start of the war, Ukraine’s blue and yellow flag has become a familiar symbol of freedom, and that has flag makers in Utah scrambling to meet orders. 

At Colonial Flag in Sandy, they’re cutting and sewing blue and yellow fabrics as quickly as they can.

Much of their production is now devoted to Ukrainian flags, and they have to do some outsourcing just to keep up.

Last year, they sold less than ten. In the last two weeks alone, they have sold more than 400, and orders keep flying in. 

“We have county governments, city governments, businesses, and individuals,” said Devaughn Simper of Colonial Flag. “Most people want to do something to support the effort in Ukraine in one fashion or another to show their solidarity with the people there.” 

Colonial Flag says they haven’t seen demand for a single flag like this since 9/11. 

Gov. Spencer Cox ordered the flag to fly over the State Capitol on February 28. 

Cox called it “a symbol that Utah stands in solidarity with Ukraine.” 

The Utah Jazz lit up Vivint Arena on the same day. 

The organization used a series of high-powered lights that projected blue and yellow on the arena.

At the Utah State of the Union address on March 1, people in the House chamber wore and waved Ukrainian flags. 

The New York Times reported other states like Arizona, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Florida are also working hard to keep up with the demand.

For a time on Thursday morning, a 3-by-5-foot polyester Ukrainian flag was the best seller in the Patio, Lawn, and Garden section on Amazon, the Times reported.

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