The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay began in Corydon, the state’s first capital on September 9 and will travel the 3,200 mile journey across the state hitting each of Indiana’s 92 counties.
Stop number 66 was Marshall County and the torch rolled into the northeast side of the county on U.S. 6 about 3 Tuesday afternoon. First stop was the historic depot in Bremen where a short ceremony was held and then Kent Koontz took the torch and headed into town and passing the torch along the way to Betsy Bowen, granddaughter of Otis Bowen, Don Bunge, Hudson Thorton, and Jason Faulstich.
Leaving Bremen the torch was back in the caravan traveling west on U.S. 6 to LaPaz. On the north side of the bridge Stephan Cox was first to carry the torch handing it off to Emily Kinney and then Mattie Reese.
As the caravan pulled into Plymouth the torch was escorted to Centennial Park by a tram full of veterans.
Jan Houin who was stationed at the arch at Centennial Park was the first to carry the torch in Plymouth. Houin handed off the torch to Sister Judith Diltz who carried it to the Courthouse.
Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter read a proclamation during a quick ceremony congratulating the torch bearers and the committee. He said. “While the state will celebrate its 200th birthday on December 11th, the City of Plymouth has been a large part of Hoosier Heritage for 165 of those years.” He mentioned the diversity of our industries and the Blueberry Festival. Mayor Senter then proclaimed October 4, 2016 as Bicentennial Day.
County Commissioner Kurt Garner said, “We take just a moment to recognize all those who have come before us, those Hoosiers who have contributed to our betterment over the course of 200 years, and for God’s provision and protection over us as a people.” His short speech continued with, “As we celebrate our bicentennial, let us harness and work together to preserve that rich heritage entrusted to us, built on it, innovate and create a future so that in another 100 years, our legacy is brighter yet.” He also noted that a tulip tree, the state tree was planted on the courthouse lawn in recognition of the bicentennial.
Following the service former PHS teacher, Allen Shockney carried the torch to the Marshall County Museum with many of those gathered at the courthouse following along.
Shockney handed the torch off to Cameron Riddle who was cheered on his way as he headed south on Michigan Street to the Yellow River bridge where Brian Liechty carried the torch in memory of his father, Dr. Ronald Liechty.
Plymouth High School senior, Garrett Garver carried the last leg of the relay in Plymouth and then it was back into the caravan to near the Chief Menominee Statue where George Schricker sang a song in honor of the chief and Potawatomi Indians.
The caravan rolled into Culver about 6:15 and Jeff Kenney was the first carrier. He handed off to Josh Kresh who walked the path along Lake Max to the gazebo where a short ceremony was held. Dana Kneer was next in line to carry the torch.
He ran through the woods between the town park and the academy and handed it off to Dot Taiclet who rode in a golf cart through the Logansport Gate on the Culver Academies campus.
At the flag pole Ben Snyder, a student from the academy jogged to the rowing center where a local group sang Back Home Again in Indiana during another short ceremony. The torch was then put on a boat and rowed out into the lake and then back through the Woodcraft Camp to Homestead Guest House for the evening.