Ms. Gretchen Weber, of Danville, wrote the winning composition:
O, blue and gold, with torch of old,
Enlighten our path with hope.
Hoosiers, we look up to thee
And pledge our all to liberty.
The final judging event was held October 19, 2016, at the Indiana Historical Society, in Indianapolis. Our honorable judges were (in photo, left to right) :
In addition, the judges also gave an "Honorable Mention" to Ms. Barb Brockhoff, of Cicero, for a second place entry they felt was exceptionally worthy:
Indiana, my Indiana,
We are Hoosiers, tried and true.
To our flag, we pledge
Our hearts and hands,
The Indiana gold and blue.
On October 29, 2016, both ladies were recognized at a statewide INDAR event - and the winning salute was recited publicly for the first time.
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A contest sponsored by INDIANA DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (INDAR)