Show Your True Colors with a Flag from Knot Just Decks

At Knot Just Decks, we’re also in the flag business.

In fact, we’ve been in the flag business for more than 25 years. You can tell we’re experts by the variety of flags displayed in our showroom.

U.S. flags. Military flags. College and NFL flags. And lots of other popular designs.

Where Do Flags Come From?

Ever wonder why we fly flags?

Thousands of years before the creation of modern national flags, armies from ancient Egypt, Persia and Babylonia carried various banners or “standards” into battle. Some of the earliest examples include the standard of the Roman legions, such as Augustus Caesar’s famous eagle, and the dragon-shaped standards favored by the ancient Persians.

During the Middle Ages, armies began to incorporate coats of arms, crests and other distinguishing emblems on their flags. (It was much easier to identify these symbols on a flag than on a knight’s shield.) It wasn’t long before regimental flags for individual units became commonplace.

By the early 17th century, it had become customary for flags to be flown on ships in order to designate nationality. This practice later became a legal requirement. (Fun fact: Did you know that the expression “show one’s true colors” originally referred to the national flag which every ship was obliged to fly at sea?)

As nationalism increased during the 18th century, the use of flags expanded beyond military purposes. By the mid-1800’s, every sovereign nation was expected to introduce its own flag.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

About the Indiana State Flag

In 1916, the Indiana General Assembly issued a resolution to adopt a state flag, in order to commemorate the state’s 100th anniversary. But who should they choose to design it?

Indiana State FlagThe Indiana Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution devised a solution: They would sponsor a contest, and offer $100 cash to the creator of the winning design. (That’s about $2,400 in today’s dollars.)

The Society received more than two hundred submissions before finally deciding on the design we all recognize today, created by Paul Hadley of Mooresville, Indiana. Each element of Hadley’s design is symbolic:

  • The gold torch represents liberty and enlightenment, with rays around the torch indicating their far-reaching influence.
  • The flag’s 19 stars represent Indiana’s place as the 19th state to join the Union.
  • The 13 stars located in the flag’s outer loop symbolize the original Thirteen Colonies.
  • The five inner stars represent the next five states added to the Union.
  • The one large star above the torch represents Indiana.

Your Go-To Flag Store

Whether you need a U.S. flag, a state flag, or just about any other kind of flag, Knot Just Decks is your go-to resource.

Visit our show room and check out our selection. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just let us know. We’ll make it happen. No order is too big or too small.

Need a custom flag for your business or a special family event? We can do that, too. And all of our flags are made right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A.

So stop by, give us a call or shop our online flag store. We’ll have you showing your true colors in no time.