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January · 1 · 2011

Los Angeles County Fireman's Benefit & Welfare Association
Never Forget 9/11

The Museum proudly lent our FDNY fire hydrant #343 recovered from the remains of GROUND ZERO for the Los Angeles County Fireman's Benefit & Welfare Association's 2011 Rose Parade Float. It was a splendid effort that resulted in a magnificent display of American resiliance and respect. Congratulations to all who participated.

Height: 28 feet Width: 18 feet Length: 55 feet

The float pays tribute to the fallen heroes of 9/11. The front of the float depicts a bowing American Eagle grasping flags created in the memory of Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania as passengers attempted to regain control of the aircraft. The middle of the float is a pentagon, and on top of the pentagon is an actual fire hydrant recovered from Ground Zero intact. The rear of the float features a 28' high floral mural of the famous photograph taken by Thomas E. Franklin of Brooklyn-based firefighters George Johnson, Dan McWilliams and Billy Eisengrein.

The concept is for America to remember those we lost on 9/11 and how we pulled together as a nation, to reflect on where we are today, and to renew our commitment to making our country and our world a better place.

The massive floragraph is created from: sweet rice Safflower seeds Shelled sunflower seeds light lettuce seed shredded sugar beat fibers poppy seeds black sesame seeds onion seeds These dry materials provide 8 different shades of gray to produce the background shades. red and white carnation petals silver leaf blue statice purple statice cranberry seeds Feathers will be re-created with Cocoa shells, flax seed, magnolia leaves, and pampas grass. While the beak and legs will be covered in strawflower and grapefruit rinds make the eagle come to life. 1000s of red and white roses and carnations, blue iris, and orchids provide the patriotic color theme.

The front "fountain" area of the float will have a large replica of the American Shield, which will be made from red and white carnations and blue iris. The top of the Pentagon will be covered in a variety of roses. The middle and back of the float will be covered in roses and orchids. The flight 93 flags will be covered in carnation petals to give the flags a more cloth like look.

15,000 stems of red, white and gold roses 4,600 stems of red and white carnations 5,000 stems of blue iris 8,500 carnation petals.

In the news: Compton, CA Bulletin

Courtesy of KTLA