Tournament of Roses Statement with regards to Louis Zamperini:
The Tournament of Roses expresses our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Louis Zamperini. We will remember and honor the courage and grace that made Louis who he was, and hope that by sharing his life’s story, we can uphold the values which built his strength,
perseverance and his ability to forgive others. Louis’ life serves as an inspiration to us all, and we are committed to honoring him as the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Rose Parade.
Quote from Tournament of Roses President, Richard L. Chinen:
“Louis Zamperini was and will continue to be the embodiment of the 2015 Tournament of Roses theme ’Inspiring Stories.’ As we mourn the passing of a member of the Tournament of Roses family, one who was moved to be asked to serve as Grand Marshal, we are
honored to shine the light on one who truly lived a life of unconditional love, courageous perseverance and patient endurance. He shared with us that his faith in God was his inspiration to be content in plenty and in want. At this time, we pray that Louis’
family and friends may find strength knowing that the story of Louis’ journey will inspire the world.”