Thank You For Honoring Our Military!

On Saturday, July 4, the 450 passenger Madam Carroll excursion boat filled with military veterans led a line of more than 100 patriotically decorated boats. The 11th annual PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN Patriotic Boat Parade to honor our military was a grand success! This year we honored 136 Vietnam veterans as parade grand marshals. Each was photographed individually receiving a special proclamation from Monticello mayor Ken Houston (also a Vietnam veteran). Some 500 people gathered at the Sportsman Inn reviewing stand prior to Noon to watch the parade pass in review. They were saluted overhead as the Hooligans air demonstration team makes four passes including the “missing man” formation in honor of those who have given their all.

Then it was on to what this Independence Day weekend is all about in small town America. Flag bearing skydivers dropped in the city park to get things started at 1 p.m. with live entertainment by recording artist Swim Skinny who wrote several new songs especially for this event. The Indiana University Health LifeLine helicopter landed in the park and the Purdue University Boilermaker Special had free rides for everyone. Families enjoyed free face painting for the kids and performances by Frisbee Dogs. What could have been better than free hot dogs, watermelon, ice cream and free family games on the 4th of July. Scholarships were awarded to area high school students for an essay on Proud to be an American.

Truly a family event, some 249 community leaders and organizations “touched” this project to make it happen. If you are a frequent visitor to our site, please take a bit of time to scan this list (don't forget to click the 'Read More' link).  The next time you greet someone on the list or visit their business, organization, or church ... please thank them!  They are the lifeblood of this event honoring our Veterans!

Primary Sponsors

Tom Heckard, Madam Carroll - Primary Sponsor
Mayor Ken Houston, City of Monticello  - Primary Sponsor
Lori Cheever, Mayor's Assistant - Proclamations & printing
Mitch Billue, Monticello Parks & Recreation - Primary Sponsor
Judy Baker, White County Historical Society - Funds Processing
Christine Jordan, CDC Resources - Funds Processing

  • Don Koleszar, Alliance Bank 
  • Don Kiselus, AMVETS Riders Post 91 
  • Casey Crabb, Carroll White REMC 
  • Jimmie Kesterson, Caterpillar 
  • Art Dragoo, Dye Lumber 
  • Jim Scheffe, Eagles 
  • Gwyne Cain, EDP Renewables 
  • Lisa Decker, Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health 
  • Lt. Tony Stroup, Fraternal Order of Police 
  • Rex Millhouse, Jefferson Township 
  • Tony Albrecht, Lafayette Bank and Trust 
  • Wynnamac Woodcock, Liberty Township 
  • Larry Graham, NIPSCO 
  • Tom Geisler, Oddfellows 
  • Daryl Carson, Peoples Bank 
  • Board of Directors, SFLECC 
  • Kory Arvin, State Farm 
  • Tyler Coats, The Home Depot 
  • Rod Ehrlich, Wabash National 
  • Martin Wessler, Wessler Engineering

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Schedule of Events

UPDATED 30 March 2015
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Lest We Forget!

Each year we salute our military personnel.  This year, 2015, we are proud to announce the Parade Grand Marshalls:  Our Vietnam Veterans!  We urge all community members, families and visitors to join us in this grand celebration.

Thank You Partners!

  • A special thanks to the Tootsie Roll Company, Chicago IL. They donated 90 pounds of American Flag wrapped Tootsies to give away during our Celebration!
  • McDonald's gets up early on parade day to make fresh baked cookies for all aboard the Madam Carroll!
  • All aboard the boat will also receive complimentary Kinser's donuts and coffee courtesy of the AMVETS along with a blue fabric Walmart shopping bag filled with goodies.
  • In the Park, the Monticello Kiwanis grill and give away 1500 hot dogs donated by Kroger.
  • The Bank of Wolcott serves free watermelon and the Hubbard GM Center, along with the Bank, gives away bottled water
  • Fountain Pepsi Cola products are served free by the Roosevelt Middle School Cheerleaders. They clean up the park and Madam Carroll - perhaps a free will donation might be in order for the drinks.

  • Frito Lay donates of 2000+ bags of chips, pretzels, etc to give away in park.