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By State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem)

Indiana is celebrating 200 years of statehood this year with a variety of events and exhibitions to commemorate this historic Hoosier milestone. The most noteworthy event is a 3,200-mile statewide torch relay that begins in Corydon and travels through all of Indiana’s 92 counties.

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Corydon, the state’s first capital, holds a special place in Indiana’s history books. It is home to the Constitution Elm, which oversaw the drafting of our state’s constitution, the first capitol building, and a battleground of one of only a few Civil War battles fought in the North.

Senate District 47 has the honor of kicking off this relay on Sept. 9 with festivities starting at 9 a.m. The relay will begin at 11 a.m. in Corydon on the Harrison County Courthouse square. This event is a great opportunity for all Hoosier families to celebrate Indiana’s history, witness the first torch lighting, and hear from Gov. Mike Pence.

The Torch Relay will continue through Indiana’s southern counties for the first few days of the relay, eventually making its way up through the central and northern parts of the state.

The Relay will conclude with a celebration at the Robert D. Orr Plaza on the Statehouse grounds on Oct. 15 in Indianapolis from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on the Indiana Torch Relay, visit www.in.gov/ibc or download the IN Torch Relay app for iPhone or Android.

I hope you will join me in celebrating this momentous milestone in Indiana’s history.