Why Ukraine’s flag is flying over the Utah Capitol in ‘solidarity’

The Ukrainian flag flies on the Capitol in Salt Lake Metropolis on Monday. Ukraine’s resistance towards the Russian invasion is “breathtaking and galvanizing,” Gov. Spencer Cox mentioned in a press release as he ordered the Ukrainian flag be flown over the state Capitol on Monday. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret Information)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Ukraine’s resistance towards the Russian invasion is “breathtaking and galvanizing,” Gov. Spencer Cox mentioned in a press release as he ordered the Ukrainian flag be flown over the state Capitol on Monday.

Whereas it’s a “largely symbolic” transfer, “make no mistake, in instances of struggle and evil, symbols completely matter,” Cox mentioned.

Cox started the assertion by telling the story of first woman Abby Cox’s grandfather, Duffy Palmer, who was shot via the chest through the Battle of Iwo Jima. Palmer survived, because of a fellow soldier “who disobeyed a direct order to carry him medical consideration.”

Wanting again, Palmer wrote that he “cried like a child” when he noticed the American flag flying on Mount Suribachi — as captured within the iconic {photograph}.

“How I want each American may at all times have these emotions for the flag that I skilled that day,” Palmer wrote.

“His want is a poignant one,” Cox mentioned, including that he thinks Palmer would “discover the divided America of at this time virtually unrecognizable.” He mentioned that the “best technology” was solid as “abnormal women and men met the second” by sacrificing and standing as much as the “evils of struggle.”

Two women carrying a Ukrainian flag walk to the south steps of the Capitol in Salt Lake City to take part rally to support the Eastern European country on Monday. Gov. Spencer Cox ordered the Ukrainian flag be flown over the state Capitol on Monday.
Two ladies carrying a Ukrainian flag stroll to the south steps of the Capitol in Salt Lake Metropolis to participate rally to assist the Jap European nation on Monday. Gov. Spencer Cox ordered the Ukrainian flag be flown over the state Capitol on Monday. (Photograph: Scott G Winterton, Deseret Information)

Since Russia invaded Ukraine final week, Cox mentioned “we’ve seen ladies and men being tapped on the shoulder and provided the possibility to do a really particular factor. Happily, they’re assembly their second in ways in which have introduced tears to all of our eyes.”

“That is the stuff of legends,” he mentioned, pointing to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy saying “I want ammunition, not a trip,” and an expletive-filled rebuke of Russia from Ukrainian troopers defending an island within the Black Sea.

All are examples of patriotism, Cox mentioned, and a “humble power … that overlooks a rustic’s flaws … and sees the nice value saving.”

He mentioned the unity and patriotism on show are harking back to “what America will be and has been at its absolute best,” a thread that has been misplaced since Iwo Jima.

“We argue and battle about a lot silly stuff,” Cox mentioned. “Stuff that melts away once we see kids sobbing as their dads say goodbye. Stuff that does not matter once we see a younger couple getting married to allow them to die collectively on the battlefield.”

“I had no concept that it could take us all changing into Ukrainians to remind us what it means to be Individuals,” he mentioned, calling it “virtually surreal” to see such a nonpartisan and united response. He urged Utahns to “lean into the discomfort” of bipartisanship, saying “the world wants this.”

On Monday, Cox ordered the Ukrainian flag fly atop the Utah Capitol, “as an emblem that Utah stands in solidarity with Ukraine,” he mentioned. “You’re our brothers and sisters today and at all times.”

The Ukrainian flag flies at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Monday. Gov. Spencer Cox ordered the Ukrainian flag be flown over the state Capitol on Monday.
The Ukrainian flag flies on the Capitol in Salt Lake Metropolis on Monday. Gov. Spencer Cox ordered the Ukrainian flag be flown over the state Capitol on Monday. (Photograph: Scott G Winterton, Deseret Information)

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