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The Celebration Continues: Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay
Follow the Flame!
POSEY, GIBSON COUNTY, KNOX COUNTY (September 11, 2016) – It was day three of the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay on its 3,200-mile journey across the state. The torch relay is the most far-reaching event of the Indiana Bicentennial celebration and will touch all 92 Indiana counties. Today’s festivities in Posey, Gibson and Knox Counties, were coordinated by local organizing committees comprised of community leaders and volunteers.
Posey County kicked off the relay with a remembrance to 9/11 victims and a celebration of Indiana’s 200 birthday. A variety of vehicles including a 4 wheeler, ATV, a model T and a plethora of golf carts took the torch through Mount Vernon, Harmonie State Park and Historic New Harmony. Along the way, there was much support for the county torchbearers from citizens.
Gibson County began with a torchbearer carrying the torch in honor of Colonel William Hargrove who fought in the Battle of Tippecanoe followed by dozens of torchbearers traveling the county by car, on foot, Corvette, California roadster and bicycle.
Knox County’s torch traveled by combine, melon truck, tub, semi-trailer, and Herbie the Lovebug. Retired school teacher, Camille Caldemeyer was joined by the Town of Patoka to support her leg in #53 Herbie the Lovebug Volkswagen Beatle.The rich history of Indiana’s first county was also on display as the route traveled by several historic sites, including George Rogers Clark National Historical Park. This leg culminated with a program at Grouseland in Vincennes, William Henry Harrison’s home as the first governor of the Indiana Territory. There was entertainment, historical talks and various bicentennial-themed demonstrations on two different stages.
In every community, pride and spirit continue to be overwhelmingly strong with excitement for our Bicentennial. The journey of the torch continues on Tuesday and travels through Pike, Daviess and Martin counties.
The Bicentennial Torch Relay started in Corydon, Indiana’s first state capitol, and culminates with a celebration on the grounds of the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. The torch, designed by students at Purdue University, will be used to light an everlasting flame that will serve as a legacy to Indiana’s first 200 years and an inspiration for generations of Hoosiers to come. The everlasting flame will be part of the new Bicentennial Plaza on the west side of the statehouse.
Pictures & Video: IndianaTorchRelay.com
Day 1 Mileage: 114.37
Day 2 Mileage: 73.98
Day 2 Mileage: 124.07
Total Mileage: 312.42