Proud to Be An American boat parade sets sail Saturday

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Most Americans across the country will celebrate their nation’s independence on the Fourth of July by taking in fireworks. But why should the patriotism stop there?

In White County on Saturday, organizers are holding the 10th annual Proud to Be An American patriotic boat parade on Lake Freeman. The parade is held in honor of U.S. veterans, some of which will be aboard the Madam Carroll which leads the parade.

Event organizer Don MacOwen appeared on News 18 This Morning and said, “What’s exciting is we pack about 450 veterans and family members aboard the Madam Carroll. We have a boat parade where 60-plus boats decorate their boats in a patriotic theme to salute and honor the veterans.”

This year, Korean war veterans will be especially recognized. “Our grand marshals will be Korean war veterans. Each one of them will get a proclamation and a medal to wear around their neck. At the end of the parade, we’ll be presenting them with a hardcover book produced by the Republic of Korea and the United States,” said fellow event co-organizer Don Kiselus.

Veterans will begin boarding the Madam Carroll around 8:15 a.m. and will depart at 9:30. The actual parade won’t begin until 11 a.m. in the Oakdale Dam area. Around noon, Navy trainer jets will do an air show for spectators.

The day culminates in a free picnic at the Monticello city park with free food and family games.

“It’s free. I welcome everyone to attend. It’s a great time,” said MacOwen.

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