The Indiana State flag not only commemorates Indiana’s entrance into the union as the 19th state but it also epitomizes the “Hoosier state’s” strong ideology and commitment to liberty. Designed by Paul Hadley for a contest given by the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Indiana flag features a blue background with the gold torch of enlightenment at its center. 19 gold stars surround the torch. 13 stars in the outer circle honor the original 13 colonies while the five stars of the inner semicircle represent states which joined the Union prior to Indiana. Indiana is represented by the largest star. The rays emitting from the torch illustrate Indiana’s far reaching influence. The Indiana state flag was adopted in 1916.