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The Indiana State Flag
The State Flag of Indiana is highly symbolic and the image of the torch is representative of the values of liberty and enlightenment and the rays indicate the spread of these values. It serves as a symbol of honor, heritage and regional pride and is displayed at state buildings. There is a strict Order of Precedence for flags. State Flags are displayed in order as they entered the Union.

Date entered the Union: 1816
Indiana is the 19th state
Date the flag was adopted:1917

 
 

Facts on the Indiana State Flag Etiquette
Facts and information about flying the ensign and the display of the Indiana Flag:

Indiana State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 19th state
 when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Hoosier State", it should be flown from a flagpole

Fact 3: The Indiana flag may be flown at night when properly lighted

Fact 4: The flagpole must be at least two and one-half times as long as the flag

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Indiana State Car Flags
Car Flags are often displayed to represent of an individual's allegiance to their state. Indiana State car flags are used by their owners as mobile emblems of their home. Car flags are usually made from strong materials and are attached to a car via a pole and clip window attachment.

History, Description, Colors and Symbols of the Indiana State Flag
The Indiana flag is the official identifying symbol of the state, the design of which is established by law in the constitution of the "Hoosier State". What does the flag stand for? The colors, devices and emblems displayed on the Indiana State Flag are not arbitrary but have a definite symbolic meaning. The description, history and meaning of the symbols and colors of the Indiana State Flag are as follows:

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Capital: Indianapolis
Date of Statehood: 11 December 1816
(19th state)
"Hoosier State"
Flag Ratio: 2:3

 
What is the design of the Indiana state flag?  
 

The design is a dark blue field with gold images of a central torch surrounded by an outer circle of 13 stars. It has an inner semi circle of five stars, and a larger star (the 19th) at the top of the torch arched with the word 'Indiana'

What does the gold torch symbolize?
  The gold torch symbolizes the flame from which burns the Light of Knowledge and  represents of the values of liberty and enlightenment
 

The six rays emanating from the flame represent the spread of knowledge and the values of liberty and enlightenment

What do the stars symbolize?
  The 13 five-pointed stars in the outer circle represent the 13 original States.
 

The inner semi-circle contains 5 stars that represent the five other States adopted into the Union before Indiana.

  The largest gold star (the 19th) above the torch represents  Indiana
  There are a total of 19 gold stars that symbolize the number of states that had achieved statehood at this period in history
  According to the ancient laws of heraldry a star symbolizes honor, achievement and hope.
What are the colors and what do the colors mean, or symbolize, in heraldry?
  The color blue symbolizes vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice
  The color yellow or gold is a symbol of the sun, generosity and wealth
What is the shape and flag ratio? The 'Hoist' is the width and the 'Fly' is the length.
  The ratio is 2:3 meaning it is 2 units tall for every 3 units wide.
Who designed the Indiana State Flag?
  The name of the designer was Paul Hadley
What is the history of the Indiana State Flag? 
  It was designed to commemorate the state′s 1916 centennial anniversary
  The Indiana Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored a contest to design the flag, with a prize of $100. There were more than 200 entries
  The winner was Paul Hadley of Mooresville, Indiana
When was the Illinois State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
  It was officially adopted October 21, 1917

The Indiana flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.

 

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