Group sponsoring bicentennial contest

The Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution are offering Hoosiers a place in history and $200 cash for its “Salute Indiana!” competition, celebrating the state’s bicentennial.

The contest seeks the creation of a salute or pledge to the state flag. Entries are being accepted at until Friday. The winning submission will be brought before the legislature for approval.

This event echoes the 1916 centennial contest conducted by Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution, which sought designs for a new state flag. Paul Hadley of Mooresville won that contest, submitting the flag design still used today; blue with yellow stars representing states and a torch representing liberty and enlightenment. The General Assembly adopted this banner in 1917, later designating it the official state flag in 1955.

Today, 100 years later, Indiana DAR wishes to honor this 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. Any Indiana resident, 13 or older, may apply.

Founded 126 years ago in 1880, the Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education for children. DAR boasts 180,000 members in 3,000 chapters, including the Fort Vallonia across the United States and internationally.