State Flag adopted in 1917. The flag was designed by Paul Hadley of Mooresville, for a contest which was sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution as part of the commemoration of Indianas centennial. The central torch stands for liberty and enlightenment, and the rays represent their far-reaching influence. The 13 stars of the outer circle represent the original 13 colonies of the United States. The 5 stars of the inner half-circle represent the states admitted prior to Indiana; and the larger star centered over the flame represents Indiana itself. The background is a bright navy blue with gold words and symbols.