Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay torchbearer nominations are now open

Last Updated on May 19, 2015 by cassnetwork

Screen shot 2015-05-19 at 6.00.48 PMINDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) and Cass County Nominating Committee announced the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is now accepting torchbearer nominations from the public. Torchbearer nominations recognize Hoosiers who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region or state.

“Being selected as an Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay torchbearer is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Hoosiers,” Lt. Governor Ellspermann said. “We look forward to honoring Indiana’s history while also
optimistically looking forward to the future during this momentous event for Indiana.”

The online nomination form is available here: http://www.indiana2016.org/torchrelay/nomination-forms/.

Paper applications can also be picked up in the Mayor’s Office at 601 E. Broadway, Rm #200, Logansport.

The nomination period ends on December 31, 2015.

Once all nomination forms are collected, a juried nomination process will be employed in each county to select torchbearers.  Nomination committees have been formed in each county to manage this process on a county-by-county basis.

“This is going to be a great event for Cass County. Our residents will be torchbearers during the Indiana
Bicentennial Torch Relay. This will be an honor for those nominated and selected. The torch will come through Cass County on October 7, 2016 and will be in our county from 12:30pm – 2:30pm making its way from White County, into Cass County, then to Logansport, and on to Pulaski County. This entire event is going to be a wonderful experience for all Hoosiers” said Chris Armstrong, Cass County Coordinator.

Developed by IOTD, the relay is patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay and is designed to connect Hoosiers across the state and nation with their home state during the bicentennial year.

Nominees must be a current or former resident of Indiana or be nominated in honor of a current or former resident. Hoosiers may be nominated posthumously and a substitute torchbearer can be submitted to carry the torch on behalf of the nominee. Nominees can be any age (torchbearers that are minors will be subject to additional youth torchbearer requirements). A nominee must possess the physical adaptive ability to carry the torch a minimum of a quarter mile. Accommodations will be made for those torchbearers with disabilities. The complete list of torchbearer criteria may be found on the online nomination page.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will start September 9, 2016 in Corydon, Indiana’s first state capital, and culminate with a celebration October 15, 2016 on the grounds of the statehouse in Indianapolis. The torch relay will touch each of Indiana’s 92 counties during the 2,300 mile journey across the state.

Volunteer county coordinators are organizing torch relay activities in their respective counties. Additional volunteers will be needed to assist with the preparation and execution of relay-related activities. Hoosiers interested in volunteering can sign up at the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay website.