LE CLAIRE, IA. (KWQC)- It’s been four years since the passing of Sergeant Leevon Ritter but his memory is stronger than ever. Thursday the Ritter family put the final touches on a floragraph portrait that will ride on the 2017 Tournament of Roses Donate Life Float in Pasadena, California.
“I just thought it was so amazing and of course never thought we’d be here, but it’s a huge honor and something he deserves,” said mother, Sharon Miller. “He made this decision not only to sign on the dotted line to serve our country but to do this in his passing.”
Sergeant Levon Ritter joined the army days after graduating high school and served two tours in Iraq before he passed away in May of 2012. Since his passing, Ritter’s organs have been transplanted into four donors. The Ritter family said the parade will be bittersweet, and something their late family member would have loved to be a part of.
“We are really forward to be able participate and maybe create some more healing, this is a really long hard road that we’ve walked for four and a half years, some days are a little bit easier, there are never any days that are easy but hopefully a little bit of healing will happen while we’re there.”
The Ritter family will leave for California at the end of next month. The Rose Bowl Parade will take place on January 2, 2017.