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[s31] Sen. Merritt: Gov. Pence Signs Legislation to Preserve Indiana Battle Flags
Start Date: 6/4/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 6/4/2013
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STATEHOUSE (June 4, 2013) – Gov. Mike Pence today signed legislation authored by State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) to help fund the restoration and preservation of Indiana’s historic battle flags.

Senate Enrolled Act 323 establishes a state fund to preserve battle flags used from the Mexican-American War to the Persian Gulf War. These battle flags were used by regiments to mark the group’s position and communicate instructions on the field. The flags are currently in need of repair because water damage and age have caused them to deteriorate.

“Battle flags tell us a story about our past,” Merritt said. “Unfortunately, our ability to appreciate this rich history is limited because the condition of these flags requires them to be stored in basement vaults. With this legislation, we’ll get more of these flags into a place where the public can view and enjoy them.”

Indiana’s battle flag collection is currently housed at the Indiana War Memorial Commission.  It is one of the largest battle flag collections in the country, with more than 400 flags.
Contact Information:
Name: Molly Johnson
Phone: 317-234-9133
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