“We just thought it would be another float in the parade, and it wasn’t until I got a message from City Hall that we were going to be featured in a patriotic closing,” Councilman Dave Weaver said. “Then it hit me: I got tears in my eyes.”
While the float didn’t receive honors, its patriotism was felt by service members, who saluted as it went by.
“It is part of the patriotism that we feel in this country, and nothing says it better than a bald eagle,” he said.
Glendale Fire Capt. Carlos Guerrero, Glendale Police Officer Alex Paul Sze and Sgt. E-35 Donnie Hunter, who received a Bronze Star Medal for Valor, got the chance to ride the float.