Indiana's bicentennial torch begins 3,200-mile trek around state

Indiana's bicentennial torch begins 3,200-mile trek around state

CORYDON, IN (WAVE) - Indiana's bicentennial torch is making its way across the Hoosier state.

Thousands gathered Friday morning in downtown Corydon, the state's first capital, to celebrate its bicentennial.

Former First Lady Judy O'Bannon, former Gov. Frank O'Bannon's widow, lit the torch.

"I've waited a long time for this," she said.

In fact, O'Bannon has waited a lifetime. Attendees stood on the same ground where founders of Indiana gathered 200 years ago while writing the constitution.

"This is really like a dessert for an old lady," O'Bannon laughed.

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It's something so sweet that O'Bannon said she think this is one of the most important days in Hoosier history.

"It's why you need a bicentennial," she said. "You need something that says, 'Stop what you're doing, your everyday life, pause and look at the long picture here.'"

Hundreds of Harrison County fourth-graders waved flags to show their patriotism, soaking in the importance of the last 200 years.

After she lit the flame, and surrounded by thousands of smiling Indianans, O'Bannon proudly walked the torch its first few yards of a 3,200-mile trip around the state.

"It's an all-of-us kind of thing," she said. "When we all go somewhere together, there is no limit to where we can go."

The torch's next stop will be in Crawford County. It will find its home in Indianapolis on Oct. 15.

To follow the torch throughout the state, download the smart phone app Indiana Torch Relay 2016.

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