Volunteers remember veteran who died before celebration in his honor

The show will go on for the World War II veteran who died just days before a celebration in his honor.

Carlos Showalter, 94 passed away Tuesday from stage 4 kidney disease.

One of his last wishes was for a Marine breakfast and it was scheduled for Saturday morning.

People who knew him say Showalter made a lasting impression on just about everyone he met.

“You will never be able to get that kind of information from another gentleman like that. I mean his memory was sharp. He could tell you the date and time for anything,” said New Freedom Farm volunteer Andrew Lynn.

Lynn loved talking to Showalter about history.

“I can’t tell you how many first-hand experiences I was able to get from him.”

Lynn even made a time period WWII memorial for the 94-year-old.

“This is a standard memorial that you would see on the battlefield for somebody who was killed,” Lynn said.

“Felt it was necessary and my way of honoring him.”

Showalter was one of the few surviving members of the battle of Iwo Jima. Which is why New Freedom Farm volunteer Roger Clites wanted him to sign his Iwo Jima flag. He was planning to ask him at the breakfast.

“His generation, the greatest generation is disappearing quickly,” said Clites.

Clites says it will be an honor to celebrate Showalter’s life, but it will also be an opportunity for other veterans to get together.

“It was also his intention for each person to meet another person and to share their stories with everyone else.”

Even after death, Showalter will be doing what he was so passionate about, bring veterans together.

The celebration of his life will be a breakfast at New Freedom Farm. It’s scheduled for Saturday morning at 8:30. Anyone is welcomed to attend.

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