Editor's note

The Liberty Torch Bicentennial Group was inspired by Sri Chinmoy to embark on a 8,800-mile relay run through each of the 50 states in the summer of 1976 to celebrate the United States Bicentennial. A "libertytorch" was to be passed from runner to runner symbolising the rekindling of spiritual values.

During a January 1976 Liberty Torch run from New York to Washington, one of the runners dips his "liberty torch" in the Eternal Flame at the Kennedy Memorial in Arlington National Cemetry and salutes Sri Chinmoy.