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Soldier Replicas From Rose Parade Float Find New Home in Redding

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Apr 18 2013 01:02:39 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 18 2013 01:07:53 PM CDT
Rose Parade Float Designed in Willows
REDDING, Calif. -

A piece of Rose Parade history has found a new home in Redding.

The Northern California Veterans Museum & Heritage Center received two replicas of soldiers, that were part of a float from the 124th Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade.

For the first time ever, the Defense Department put a float together.  It commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.  It was a replica of the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

The float has its roots in the Northstate.  It was constructed by a local construction company Whitney-Stone, Inc., W-S-I in Willows.

Robert Stone, President/CEO of Whitney-Stone, Inc. notified Robert Burroughs that part of the float was available.   Burroughs is the president and curator of the Northern California Veterans Museum in Redding.

Stone was instrumental in the museum receiving 2 of the soldier replicas that were featured on the float.

Burroughs drove to Pasadena to pick up the pieces and bring them back to the museum, at 3711 Meadow View Drive in Redding.

The museum is honored that the soldiers were given to them to display, in honor of Korean War Veterans and their families.