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Doolittle Raiders “Final Goblet” Ceremony
April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm$10.00
Hosted by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Florida State College (Home of the Raiders)
(FORT WALTON BEACH, FL – February 8, 2022), On April 18, 2022, the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce will host the “Final Goblet” a ceremony that will mark the passing of Doolittle Raider, Col. Richard E. “Dick” Cole. Since April 1947, a ceremonial “roll call” has honored the eighty Doolittle Raiders. Cole and all of the members of Doolittle Raiders were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in May 2014 “for outstanding heroism, valor, skill, and service to the United States in conducting their bombings of Tokyo.” Many historians’ credit the raid as the critical factor of the Japanese defeat at the Battle of Midway, often cited as the turning point in the Pacific war.
Col. Richard E. “Dick” Cole’s son, Retired Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Rich Cole shares this statement from the family, “The Cole family is deeply honored and appreciative of the Okaloosa County Community hosting the Goblet Ceremony for our Dad, Col. Richard E. “Dick” Cole, on April 18, 2022. As the last member of this historic mission to pass away, the turning of his goblet signifies the passing of the generation of men and women who were willing to stand against tyranny and evil at any cost. It is a bittersweet moment. While there is great sadness at their passing, there is also a great celebration of their sacrifice and the legacy of their courage. We are thankful to celebrate this moment in the city where it all began.”
Please stop by the lobby to see the Doolittle Raider books for sale.
- 12 Noon: Doors open to Theater. Tickets $10. Complimentary for Active Military.
- 1PM: Welcome Followed by
- Introduction of Special Guests/Ceremony participants
- Honor Guard (Hurlburt)—Presentation of Colors
- National Anthem
- History of Doolittle Raiders
- Welcome: Dr. Devin Stephenson, President NWFSC
- Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Charles Q Brown
- History of Goblets: Lt General James Slife
- Final Goblet Ceremony: Lt. General Marshall Brad Webb/Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas
- Closing Remarks
- America the Beautiful/God Bless America—Voices of NWF State College
- Goblets will be moved to the Venue Lobby for public photos
- 3PM: Ceremony closes.
*Agenda is subject to change.
www.emeraldcoasttv.com will be live streaming the event