Six-year-old Nathan Woessner simply vanished into the sand.
His dad ran to the scene, marshaling help even while frantically digging for his son. Michigan City police and fire raced to the dune and were joined by beach goers using their bare hands as local businesses rushed machinery to clear away the sand. Even reporters covering the story were seen using their notepads to dig.
For nearly three hours, no one gave up out of the nearly 140 people on that sand dune, until a firefighter felt a hand beneath the surface and pulled little Nathan to safety.
They called it the Miracle on Mt. Baldy.
When I called Nathan’s dad at the hospital to see how he was, I told him I thought it was a miracle. Greg told me, “Governor, this is everyone’s miracle.” And so it was.
That’s the Indiana way.
We are strong and good people, but we are never stronger than when we work together.
As I said a year ago, I say again tonight.
Together, we will build a more prosperous future.
Together, we can open doors of educational opportunity for all our kids.
And together, we can approach our third century with confidence.
With faith in Him who has ever guided this 19th star and boundless faith in all who go by the name Hoosier, I know the best is yet to come.
Thank you all very much. God bless you, our state, and the United States of America.