Indiana bicentennial relay starts from state's 1st Capitol

Bicentennial torch relay kicks off in Corydon

CORYDON, Ind. (AP) - The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay has started from the grounds of the state's first Capitol building.

Former Indiana first lady Judy O'Bannon lit the torch during a Friday morning ceremony attended by several hundred people in the southern Indiana town of Corydon and carried it from the stage to begin the statewide relay.

O'Bannon, whose late husband, Gov. Frank O'Bannon, was a Corydon native, says this relay shows what it means to be a Hoosier.

"We're unique. We are a changing people, but we are united. So this torch relay all through the state, carrying the torch, it symbolizes seeing the future, taking enlightenment, connecting them," O’Bannon said.

Organizers say some 2,000 torchbearers are expected to cover more than 3,200 miles through Indiana's 92 counties and 260 cities and towns before the relay ends Oct. 15 at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Indiana marks its 200th anniversary of becoming the nation's 19th state on Dec. 11.

To follow the relay on social media, check out the Indiana Torch Relay Twitter account.

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