Source: Pasadena Star NewsRose Parade update: Top LA cops to place symbolic roses on float dedicated to organ transplantation
Posted: 12/29/2009 10:42:12 AM PST
PASADENA - Los Angeles' top law enforcement officers, Sheriff Lee Baca and Deputy Police Chief Michel Moore, will join together to place dedicated roses on the Donate Life Rose Parade float, "New Life Rises," later today at the Rosemont Pavailion in Pasadena.
Their rose placements at 5 p.m. will be followed by a special dedication by California Department of Motor Vehicles Director George Valverde, according to a news release from Donate Life.
Throughout the day, other families from across the nation, and representatives of Southland hospitals and municipalities, will also places roses in honor of loved ones touched by organ, eye, and tissue donation.
Each rose is unique because it bears the individual's name and heartfelt dedication. Donate Life's seventh float entry features a phoenix, representing those who give life in their passing and the people whose lives are renewed through transplantation, the organization's release said.
The bird soars high above 24 float riders. Adorning the bird's tail feathers are 76 floragraphs - artistic portraits created with floral materials - of organ, eye and tissue donors from across the country, its release said.