Bicentennial Torch makes way through Washington County PDF Print E-mail

The year-long celebration of the Indiana Bicentennial made its way into Washington County Thursday afternoon. 


A large crowd of spectators watched as the torch, which is being carried in all 92 counties, arrived at the courthouse.

The Salem High School choir sang the National Anthem and there was a special guest appearance by arguably the most famous person from Salem John Hay.

Salem Mayor Troy Merry signed a proclmation declaring Sept. 15, 2016, Indiana Bicentennial Day in Salem.

County Commissioner Phillip Marshall also addressed the crowd, as did one of the torchbearers, John Mead.

Mead said while the state’s birthday is important, he reminded everyone that the Indiana National Guard turns 211 this year. Salem has been a home sight for a National Guard division since 1814.

The torch left the courthouse and ended up at another historic site in Washington County, Beck’s Mill.

From there it traveled to Palmyra in Harrison County and made its way through Floyd Count.

December 11, 2016 is Statehood Day.