I was recently in our state’s capital with my daughter, who was paging in the senate (very neat opportunity — look into it if you’re a Hoosier and have a teen).
So, during one of my many trips back and forth through the (pretty cool) underground tunnel connecting the capitol building with the government offices building, I was greeted by a friendly man. Turns out he was Perry Hammock, who is the director of the Indiana Bicentennial Commision. He was carrying a torch, and asked if I’d like to hold it and pose for a photo.
A torch, you ask? Well, look at Indiana’s state flag — it features a torch:
In case you didn’t know, Indiana is celebrating its bicentennial of statehood this year (it became a state December 11, 1816).
So, it’s probably an easy choice to create a torch as a major part of the celebrations.
Similar to the Olympic torch and its journeys, Indiana’s torch will be carried by nominated torchbearers through all 92 Indiana counties during a relay this summer. It will cover 2300 miles, averaging 72 miles a day, and over 1800 Hoosiers will carry it. Watch the news from September 9 through October 15 to follow its journey across the state.
The torch itself is amazing to learn more about, too. What I’m holding in the photo is just a model of the actual torch, which will be super high tech and was designed by — wait for it — a team of Purdue engineering students. It will be fueled by Indiana-made biofuel (part E-85 and part biodiesel), and will contain a GPS so you can track its progress as it travels. This being 2016, it will contain a high-def camera, the easier to share photos on social media (here is the torch’s facebook page!). It can hook up to wi-fi too, when that is available. A smaller, child-friendly torch will be developed as well.
This was the first time I’d heard about the torch, but now it will be on my radar. Have you heard about the torch? Will you be watching its progress?