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Zamperini Named Grand Marshal

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Legendary USC Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini was named the 2015 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal.  The 97-year-old is a true American hero as the embodiment of not only our "Fight On" motto, but an inspiration to all who have met him or know his remarkable story of courage and survival as a World War II prisoner.

"It is such an honor to be the Grand Marshal of the 126th Rose Parade," said Zamperini. "Growing up in Torrance, the parade route on Colorado Boulevard is one I have been familiar with my whole life.  I look forward to sharing the experience with my family and all the fans of the Rose Parade who will be watching."

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"Louis Zamperini's life story illustrates the strength of human spirit in many ways," said Richard L. Chinen, the Tournament of Roses President. "From becoming a young sports hero in Southern California to surviving for 47 days on an inflatable raft in the Pacific Ocean and then persevering for more than two years held in captivity in Japan, Louis now lives as an enduring symbol of perseverance, heroism and forgiveness.  His life is truly a series of 'Inspiring Stories,' and I am elated and humbled that he accepted our invitation to be the 2015 Grand Marshal."

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