Davisson: The torch is on its way

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Monday, September 12, 2016

Indiana is celebrating 200 years of statehood. While there are many events going on this year, there is only one that is taking place in every county— the Bicentennial Torch Relay. The torch relay celebrating 200 years of Indiana’s history, progress and growth, will soon be passing through our community.

The torch relay began in Corydon, the state’s first capital, on Sept. 9. It will culminate in Indianapolis on the Statehouse grounds on Oct. 15. The torch itself is carried by walkers, runners and bearers using various modes of transportation showcasing Indiana’s culture, like racecars and farm equipment. The relay will cross all 92 counties and there are events taking place throughout our area.

Wednesday, the torch will be in Orange County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Lawrence County from 4-8 p.m.  In Orange County, food booths and civil war actors will be there as well as an appearance from Abraham Lincoln. Tours of the historic courthouse will also be available. Later in the evening the Lawrence County event will also have live entertainment and food for the passing of the torch. The Bicentennial Experience, a mobile museum, will also be traveling alongside the torch.

On Sept. 15, the torch will stop in Jackson County in the morning before stopping for a ceremony in Washington County. The Washington event will take place from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. A presentation of the colors will be made by the National Guard and the national anthem will be sung, along with “Back Home Again in Indiana.”

The final torch relay stop in our region is Clark County on Friday, Sept. 16, at 8:30 a.m., where the Bicentennial Experience will be available until noon.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will be a great experience for all ages as we celebrate our history. To find out more about the relay, download the Indiana Torch Relay app by visiting in.gov/ibc/torchrelay or contact me with questions at 317-232-9753 or h73@iga.in.gov.

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Rep. Steve Davisson represents parts of Washington, Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties.

A high-resolution photo of Davisson can be downloaded by clicking here.