The design of the Indiana State Flag is the result of a design competition sponsored by the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, at the request of the General Assembly, during the state’s 1916 Centennial celebration. Two hundred proposals were received and examined.
The winning design, by Mooresville, Indiana artist Paul Hadley, was adopted by the Indiana General Assembly with an effective date of May 31, 1917. On a field of blue, the flag displays a torch, colored gold or buff, surrounded by an outer circle of thirteen stars and an inner circle of five stars.
The flaming torch stands for “..liberty and enlightenment.” The six rays radiating from the torch symbolize the expansive nature of these two concepts. The thirteen stars of the outer circle represent the thirteen original colonies of the United States. The five stars of the inner circle represent the next five states admitted to the Union. The largest star, positioned just below the state name, represents Indiana, which was admitted as the nineteenth state.