The Flag of Indiana was originally designed and created by a man named Paul Hadley. The flag was officially adopted on May 31st, 1917 and interestingly enough, the Indiana Flag has remained completely unchanged ever since.
The design of the flag is a bit peculiar- the Indiana Flag is very much unlike any other flag in the American Union. The flag depicts a torch burning, emblazoned atop a blue background. Around the torch are a number of stars – 13 in the outer ring of stars, and 19 stars in total. The outer ring of stars on the Indiana Flag is meant to symbolize of course the 13 original American Colonies. There are a total of 19 stars on the entire flag, which is representative of the idea that Indiana was the 19th state to enter into the United States of America. There are also a number of rays projecting from the torch, which were originally intended to symbolize Indiana’s far-reaching influence. The torch itself is meant to symbolize liberty and enlightenment, and placed directly about the torch sits the name of the state, “INDIANA”.
The Flag of Indiana was originally created in large part due to the celebration of the state’s centennial anniversary, when the Indiana General Assembly issued a resolution to create and adopt a state flag. Until this time, the state of Indiana did not yet have a flag to call its own. A contest was adopted and sponsored by the Daughers of the American Revolution, at the request of the Indiana lawmakers. More than two hundred submissions were received for consideration by the Daughters, and upon further examination, Paul Hadley’s flag was chosen to be the winner. The flag of Indiana was officially adopted the very next year by the state’s lawmakers on May 31, 1917.