Indiana Governor Issues Letter Commemorating Event

GOV pence with military pixGovernor Pence with Military PersonnelGovernor Mike Pence, a lifelong Hoosier inaugurated Indiana’s 50th governor  in January 2013, has issued a letter commemorating the 11th annual Proud to be an American Honor Our Military event. Governor Pence  servespence letter sm(Click Image to Zoom) as commander in chief of the Indiana National Guard and is a strong supporter of the military. He has made a priority of reducing veteran unemployment and, while serving six terms in Congress, he visited Hoosier soldiers in Iraq and/or Afghanistan every year since hostilities began.

This year's parade marshals, the Vietnam Veterans, will be honored by Mayor Ken Houston wih a city proclamation, medal and Governor Pence's commemorative letter.

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Organizers gear up for 'Proud to be an American' boat parade

flightThe Hooligans Precision Flight Demonstration Team flies over the Madam Carroll at last year's parade. (photo by Rick Read - click to zoom)Story by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for the Monticello Herald Journal (Monday, March 23, 2015)

Plans are underway for the 11th annual
Proud to Be an American Honor our Military Boat Parade, followed by an Independence Day celebration in Monticello City Park, and year’s event promises to be filled with all
 of the excitement and small-town fun locals
 have come to expect from the annual military

According to Parade Organizer Joe Crivello, this year’s event will be held on Saturday, July 4, and will honor veterans of the Vietnam War.

“Each year we honor a particular branch of the military, and this year it will be the Vietnam veterans,” he said. “They will be honored as parade grand marshals, and more than 100 veterans are expected to be in attendance.”

Crivello said that each grand marshal will be photographed and receive a city proclamation and commemorative medal from Monticello Mayor Ken Houston.

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Boat Parade Schedule of Events 2015

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Now in its eleventh year, we celebrate the Independence Day Weekend in Monticello, Indiana by filling the Madam Carroll with military veterans to lead the long line of over 95 decorated boats. Homes along the eight mile Lake Freeman route display the colors. Then it is on to what this holiday is all about in small town America with free hot dogs, free watermelon and free ice cream in the city park. This celebration with fun, food and free games for the entire family draws more than 1,600.

Time Events
8:15 AM Begin Loading Madam Carroll; Board Grand Marshals – (Vietnam War Veterans) welcomed by the 42nd Royal Highlanders, a pipe, fife, and drum corps.
9:20 AM Posting of Colors – Combined Honor Guard - American Legion, Monticello AMVETS & VFW with 21 Gun Salute
  • Amazing Grace (on the 'pipes')
  • Taps
  • Star Spangled Banner (on the 'fifes')
  • Invocation
9:30 AM Madam Carroll Departs
10:00 AM White & Carroll County Sheriffs Arrives (Oakdale)
  • DNR Arrives (Oakdale)
  • Decorated Boats Arrive & Begin Judging
10:45 AM Oakdale Dam Area
  • Decorated Boats - Begin Line up
  • Madam Carroll Arrives
11:00 AM Parade Begins - Line-up:
  • DNR
  • White & Carroll County Sheriffs
  • Monticello Fire Department
  • Madam Carroll
  • Decorated Boats

Reviewing Stand Arrivals (Sportsman Inn Deck)

Noon Military Flyovers by the Hooligans precision flight demo team
12:20 PM Madam Carroll Docks
  • Decorated Boats Proceed to Tioga Bridge and Pass in Review
  • Kick Off - Flag Bearing Skydivers
  • Purdue Boilermaker Special from Purdue on site to give rides to kids
  • Indiana University Medical Lifeline Helicopter lands on the ball diamond
  • Hot Dogs, Watermelon & Ice Cream - fun, food and free games for the entire family
  • Live Music - Swim Skinny (1PM)
  • Boat Parade Winners Announced
4 PM Proud To Be An American Scholarship Awards

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.  Also, review what a group of Vietnam Veterans accomplished for our event in 2014.

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.