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The Journal Gazette

August 09, 2016 1:00 AM

Marker commemorates state flag

Associated Press

MOORESVILLE – A central Indiana town now has a historical marker commemorating the adoption of the state’s flag nearly a century ago.

WTHR-TV in Indianapolis reports the marker was unveiled Saturday in downtown Mooresville, about 15 miles southwest of Indianapolis.

The design of the flag by Mooresville native Paul Hadley was chosen after a contest in 1917.

The gold torch on the blue background of the flag represents liberty and enlightenment. The flag has 19 stars because Indiana was admitted as the 19th state on Dec. 11, 1816.

The state is celebrating its bicentennial this year.

Program manager Casey Pfeiffer of the Indiana Historical Bureau says the state’s more than 600 historical markers help the state commemorate people, places, events and organizations that have had a significant impact on Indiana history.