The flag was officially adopted by the City as its colors on April 12, 1962. Resolution No. 4408 reads as follows:
By the use of their artistic endeavors and ingenuity and with the aid of John Price, their color guard instructor, Rich Stone and Dennis Stone, Boy Scouts and members of the Madison Drum and Bugle Corps, have designed and created a flag which the Madison Drum and Bugle Corps will use on its trips to symbolize the spirit of the City of Madison. This flag is of light blue color and is bisected diagonally by a white band running diagonally from the lower left to the upper right of the flag, when looking at it. The two light blue segments separated by the white diagonal band represent Lakes Mendota and Monona. The white band symbolizes the isthmus between the two lakes. Superimposed on this background is a Black Cross, typifying the State Capitol and the Four Lakes, and overlaid on this Black Cross is the Indian Sun symbol in gold.
Rich and Dennis Stone, and Mr. and Mrs. Philip Stone, their parents and natural guardians, are now dedicating this flag to the people of the City of Madison for use as the official flag of the City of the Four Lakes, without any obligation of the City to any person, organization, or group.