US Rep. Jackie Walorski Swihart laid to rest at Southlawn Cemetery

Family, friends and politicians gathered at Southlawn Cemetery Thursday afternoon for the final farewell to US Rep. Jackie Walorski Swihart.

The military sendoff for the congresswoman was a joint effort by the armed forces out of Arlington and a team based in South Bend.

The ceremony at the cemetery began with a horse drawn caisson carrying her flag-draped casket close to her burial site. Pallbearers carried the casket from the caisson to her burial site.

She received military funeral honors including the firing of three volleys, Taps and the folding and presenting of the US flag.

The flag was presented to her husband, Dean Swihart, and her mother, Martha Walorski.

Dozens of community members showed their support for Rep. Walorski and her family.

“A lot of folks are here to show our respects for Jackie and all of her amazing commitment to the community, to lend support like hundreds of folks," Todd Zeiger said.

“Just for everything she’s always done for the community and she was just such a genuine person," Terri Zeiger said.

The congresswoman was laid to rest near her father and grandparents.

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