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Corydon kicks off Indiana's bicentennial celebration with torch relay

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CORYDON, Ind. (WDRB) -- On Friday Indiana ignited a 3-month celebration for its 200th birthday. It's a celebration that will touch every community in the state. 

Corydon is considered the birthplace of Indiana. It's the state's original capitol and where the state constitution was signed so it was only fitting that the kickoff for bicentennial torch relay was held there. 

"Look around," said former Indiana First Lady Judy O'Bannon. "We are on the actual ground that our ancestors stood and worked."

Some 2,000 people will criss-cross all 92 Indiana counties covering 3,200 miles in just five weeks. The torch relay will end on Oct. 15th at the state house in Indianapolis with an event called Hoosier Homecoming and the illumination at the state house of a commemorative, everlasting light. 

The bicentennial torch is also equipped an HD camera and microprocessing unit, which will allow torchbearers to capture real-time images and video during their leg of the route. These images will be shared on the Torch Relay website and social media sites.

On Friday 40 people were carrying the torch through Harrison County. It's a duty they don't take lightly. 

"I hope I don't drop it!" said torchbearer Maynard Lambertus.

"It's a very deep honor, because to represent Indiana is something that just is very heart-felt as a Hoosier," said Lisa Uhl, whose voice trembled. "It really brought home to me that 200 years ago this was the wild frontier and to think how far we've come."

The Torch Relay is the signature of the year-long celebration and at least 1,400 bicentennial events that run through December.

It's all new for Asher Mathis, age 9.

"This is my first time even hearing about it," Mathis said.  

Organizers hope to ignite the future, inspiring that next generation to lead Indiana for the next 200 years. 

"You just though it was going to be another field trip?" asked WDRB's Gilbert Corsey.

"Yeah," Mathis said. "But instead it was like way much more than that."

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