Veterans Honored at Fourth of July Event

For many people, the Fourth of July is about fireworks and food. But while these are two ways to celebrate the holiday, it’s important to remember that it’s a patriotic day, one to remind us of our independence and what it is to be an American.

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The Terre Haute Shrine Club gets ready to perform at the Veterans’ luncheon.

For the third year in a row this past Fourth of July, Markwell Funeral Home honored veterans, Shriners, and their families at a luncheon that was held at the Casey VFW on Central Avenue from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The luncheon was put together to show appreciation for those who risked and lost their lives to protect the country, and for family, friends, and acquaintances to get together and enjoy a day of food and socializing.

From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., attendees of the event enjoyed barbecue sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, and other cookout staples. The event was catered by Prairie Fire Smokehouse and also received additional paper supplies from the VFW Men’s and Ladies’ Auxilary groups.

After lunch, the Terre Haute Shrine Club performed a concert and everyone got to hang out at the club and socialize.

It was great to see so many veterans share in their stories and enjoy the company of each other and their families. Employees from the funeral parlor—including Dee Partlow, Kaitlin Tipsword, and Millie Malone—were also on hand at the event, serving patrons and providing help with the clean-up process.

The Markwell clean-up crew
The Markwell clean-up crew

“We had a fantastic time,” said Malone, licensed funeral director and embalmer at Markwell. “We enjoyed this festive holiday while serving our community.”

The event was a great success, with more than 175 meals served, and it was a wonderful and meaningful way to celebrate the holiday. We’d like to thank the Prairie Fire Smokehouse for their services and also the VFW Men’s and Ladies’ Auxiary groups for their donations.

Markwell Funeral Home is so thankful for the veterans who fought to protect their country and looks forward to holding this event again next year!

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