Indiana DAR Society to Hold Bicentennial State Banner Competition

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Indiana DAR Society to Hold Bicentennial State Banner Competition


Indiana DAR Society to Hold Bicentennial State Competition

Show love toward Indiana by writing a salute to the state flag!

Entries are being accepted now at, until Sept. 2, 2016. The Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution (INDAR) are hosting this competition to celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial. The winning submission wins $200 cash, and will be brought before the Indiana General Assembly for approval.

In 1916, as a centennial celebration, Indiana DAR initiated a design competition for a state flag. Paul Hadley of Mooresville created the winning design for the flag still used today; blue with yellow stars representing states and a torch representing liberty and enlightenment. The Indiana General Assembly adopted this banner in 1917, later designating it the official state flag in 1955.

Now, 100 years later, Indiana Daughters want to honor this same flag with a salute appropriate for use by organizations in ceremonies and rituals. Presently, only 17 states have a pledge or salute to their flags.

The contest runs until Sept. 2, 2016. Any Indiana resident, aged 13 years or older, is permitted to apply. Entries will be submitted for judging to one of six districts, based on the entrant’s county of residence. District-level judging will occur in September, and the six winning submissions will be judged in October by a panel of state leaders invited by the INDAR Bicentennial Committee. The winning entrant receives an invitation to watch their submission introduced to the state legislature, an official Indiana bicentennial state flag, and a cash prize of $200. Complete official rules may be found at the contest website:

For more information about the competition, please visit the official contest website here.