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image by Zachary Harden, 4 April 2012
"West Lafayette now has its own flag, courtesy of the Mayor's Youth Council.
"For the last two years our group has been working to create a flag," council member Shiv Panigrahi said, explaining that the group created 24 or 25 possibilities before settling on the red, blue, gold and white flag. Panigrahi, along with fellow council members Sameer Mishra, Neha Ramani and Marcus Siegmund made a brief presentation to the council last week and explained its symbolism.
The three blue stripes represent the communities of Kingston, Chauncey and Oakwood, which merged in 1888 to become West Lafayette, Ramani told the city council members. The red represents West Lafayette High School, and the blue represents Harrison High School. The blue also represents the state of Indiana and its flag. The blue also represents diversity, symbolically representing the water of the oceans that touch all continents. The white wreath symbolizes knowledge, education and open-mindedness. The gold star represents the gold stars of the state flag.
Mayor John Dennis asked the council for a resolution to adopt the flag, which was offered and unanimously passed.
Zachary Harden, 4 April 2012