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March 23, 2017

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Indiana DAR Sponsors Statewide Bicentennial Competition

$200 cash, plus a place in history, are the prizes offered by the Indiana DAR in their “Salute Indiana!” competition, celebrating the state’s bicentennial. The contest seeks the creation of a salute or pledge to the Indiana state flag. Entries are being accepted now at, until September 2, 2016. The winning submission will be brought before the Indiana General Assembly for approval.

This event echoes the 1916 centennial contest held 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 Daughters wish to honor this same 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.

State leaders forming the judging panel include Loretta Rush, Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court; Major General Courtney Carr, Adj. General of the Indiana National Guard; John Herbst, President of the Indiana Historical Society; and Jacob Speer, Director of the Indiana State Library. Judging will occur October 19 at the Indiana Historical Society.

Entry deadline is Sept. 2, 2016. Any Indiana resident, aged 13 years or older, is permitted to apply. The winning entrant receives a cash prize of $200, an official Indiana bicentennial state flag, and the opportunity to watch his or her submission introduced to the state legislature.

For more information about the competition, please visit the official contest website.


INDAR Bicentennial Committee

Official Rules
 Open to Indiana residents only.
 Only one submission per person.
 Entrants must be 13 years or older.
 Submissions by persons less than 18 years old will require signed PARENTAL CONSENT before receiving any award(s).
 Submissions are limited to one (1) per person.
 Submissions must be 25 words or less.
 Deadline for submissions is midnight (11:59pm), Friday, September 2, 2016.
 Winning submissions become the property of the state of Indiana. Winning entrants must sign a release of copyrights.
 Contest runs from 12:01am on May 1, to Midnight (11:59pm) on September 2, 2016.
 Every entrant may download, for printing, a commemorative Certificate of Participation.
District-level Process
 Each submission will be assigned to one of six (6) “Districts,” based on the address of entrant.
 Each District’s judging panel will be composed of five (5) community leaders, invited by DAR chapters in that district.
 District-level judging will take place by September 30, 2016. Preliminary winners will be notified within 5 days of judging.
 District winners will receive a commemorative Certificate of Award, signed by the judges.
 Winning submissions become the property of the State of Indiana.
 Winning entrants must sign a release of copyrights in order to participate at the State level.
State-level Process
 One winning entry from each District will be forwarded to the State level.
 The State judging panel will be composed of five (5) state leaders, invited by the INDAR State Committee on the Bicentennial.
 State-level judging will take place by October 31, 2016. Winners will be notified within 5 days of judging.
 The winning submission will be forwarded to the state senators sponsoring it, for introduction to the Indiana General Assembly.
 The winning entrant will receive:
o an invitation to watch his/her submission introduced to the state legislature
o an official Indiana Bicentennial State Flag
o and a $200 cash prize.

Author: The Southside Times

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