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After more than 30 years, the Franklin city flag has a brand new look, and a group of teens have put their first mark on the community. The Franklin Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council has designed a new city flag, and residents and businesses can buy one to fly alongside their American flags.Paul Bassinson, 2 May 2017
The 15 high school students came up with designs, honed in on one and then came up with symbolism for the images on the flag, said Same VanderVeen, a Franklin Community High School senior and president of the council. His design was selected by the rest of the youth council.
The idea to revamp the city’s flag came from former Mayor Joe McGuinness, who formed the council. Mayor Steve Barnett has embraced continuing to work with the youth council and supported adopting a new city flag.
The new flag is navy blue and yellow, which represents Franklin College, and white, which gives the impression of being safe, clean and truthful. Six stars were used to mark Franklin’s traditions, community spirit, such as events and renovations of downtown, opportunities, education, innovation and commerce. "We all worked together to come up with that symbolism," VanderVeen said of the teens on the youth council.
Alice Flanagan, a resident who designed the city’s original flag in 1979, gave her blessing to adopting a new city flag and attended a recent meeting when the board of works approved it. The original city flag was blue and white with the profile of Benjamin Franklin, 1823, which is the year the city was founded, and five stars representing the city’s "Wonder Five" basketball team.
image located by Dov Gutterman
Twenty miles south of Indianapolis and 90 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky, on I-65 and U.S. 31, is Franklin (population 14,000). Franklin is named after one of our nations founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin. Franklin, located in the heart of Johnson county, serves as the county seat. Its location has allowed it to maintain its small town identity and integrity while benefiting from the growth and economy of the Indianapolis MSA.Dov Gutterman, 14 October 2002
The flag is a white field, with a blue border inside the edge, and a central emblem bearing a silhouette of B. Franklin, with the city and state names arched above and below the circle. Five white stars lie above the silhouette, and the date 1823 below it.