The Iowa Banner was adopted on March 29, 1921.
Iowa had not adopted a state banner and action was not
taken until World War I, when Iowa National Guardsmen
stationed along the Mexican border suggested a state
banner. The banner was designed by Mrs. Dixie Cornell
Gebhardt, who, in 1911, was the organizing regent of the
Mary Marion Chapter DAR in Knoxville. She was elected
the twelfth State Regent of the Iowa Society Daughters
of the American Revolution in October 1915 and served
through March 1918.
The colors chosen for the banner were red, white and
blue, of the French Tri-Color banner, since Iowa was
part of the Louisiana Purchase from France. The central
panel of white is the background for the design taken
from the Great Seal of Iowa. The state motto " Our
Liberties We Prize, and Our Rights We Will Maintain" is
written on the streamer.