Elkhart County Torchbearers featured in Bicentennial Torch Relay documentary

By Terry T. Mark

It’s a story that was 200 years in the making, but a documentary video captures last year’s Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay in perfect fashion in just about 37 minutes.

“Everlasting Light: The Story of Indiana’s Bicentennial Torch Relay,” which was released recently, features many touches from Elkhart County’s leg of the Torch Relay on Oct. 4, 2016. The Torch Relay passed through Middlebury, Elkhart, Goshen, Wakarusa and Nappanee.

Most notably, Richard Aguirre, one of Elkhart County’s 40 Torchbearers, provides voice-over narration over the entire video, which also includes interviews with many notable people, including then-First Lady Karen Pence and Bicentennial co-chairs Becky Skillman and Lee Hamilton.

The video intersperses interviews with key figures involved in the Bicentennial celebration with scenes gathered throughout the state in September and October during the Torch Relay. The video was created by Ball State University students.

Early in the video, at the 2:32 mark, a snippet appears showing Torchbearers Sam Grewe, Nancy Hannah and Judith Mantyla during their exchange in Middlebury. The Torch Relay kicked off the morning of Oct. 4 at the MyBrook Dairy Farm and images of the antique tractors lined up there is included in the video at the 22:31 mark.

Three more video segments from Elkhart County appear in the video from between 32:54 and 34:11. They show the large crowd assembled in Wakarusa for the Torch Relay, and Torchbearers Kamari Hennings and Lupita Zepeda.


Watch the video below:

Everlasting Light: The Story of Indiana’s Bicentennial Torch Relay from Ball State Student Media on Vimeo.

Terry T. Mark is the director of communications and public relations for the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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