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  • Tuesday, January 01, 2019

    American Legion in Spotlight in Tournament of Roses Parade

    AMERICAN LEGION FLOAT DESIGNThe American Legion helped ring in the New Year with an American Eagle float in the Jan. 1 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

    Below are some fast facts about the float:

    • The American Legion’s entry, which was the third float in the parade, celebrates The American Legion centennial. National Commander Brett Reistad, Sons of The American Legion National Commander Greg “Doc” Gibbs (of New York) and Auxiliary National President Kathy Dungan were among those riding the float.
    • Four Medal of Honor recipients — Hershel “Woody” Williams, Ron Rosser, Walter “Joe” Mar and Britt Slabinski — also were riding the float, as were representatives from the five military branches.
    • Also included were an American Legion Rider, youth program alumni such as 2018 American Legion Boys Nation president and Auxiliary Girls Nation president, a Samsung American Legion scholar, and Olympic gold medalist and American Legion air-rifle champion Jamie Corkish.
    • The American Legion centennial float traveled the 5 1/2-mile parade route filled with hundreds of thousands of spectators and millions of viewers watching live on television.