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Air Force Museum Plans Public Events for WWII Heroes

WPAFB -- This Monday is Veteran's Day, and here's a great way to celebrate it.

The Air Force Museum is asking for your help honoring a historic group from World War II.

The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders will hold what they're calling their Final Toast Saturday right here in Dayton.

A few months after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, General Jimmy Doolittle's group struck a blow and boosted morale at home by completing the first bombing mission of Japan's mainland.

The Air Force Museum has been preparing for this event for nearly a year to honor these gallant warriors.

"All the effort it took to accomplish that mission really demonstrates attributes of self-sacrifice, service before self, excellence, and being able to do that mission and really how everybody pulled together to serve our country in a great time of need," says General Jack Hudson with the National U.S. Air Force Museum.

Everyone is invited to welcome the Doolittle Raiders at the museum this Saturday at 1 p.m..  There will also be a wreath-laying ceremony and a B-25 flyover salute.



Earlier coverage:

WPAFB (AP) -- Military and history buffs will be able to watch online as the remaining Doolittle Raiders drink a final toast to comrades who died in or since their World War II bombing attack on Japan.

The Air Force plans to live-stream Saturday's ceremony at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton, in southwest Ohio.

Public events ahead of the ceremony include a B-25 bomber flyover, a gathering to greet the Raiders as they arrive and movies such as the "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" depiction of the 1942 mission.

Only four of the 80 Raiders are still alive, and one of them might not be able to attend because of health problems. They have traditionally offered the toast with specially engraved goblets in a private ceremony during annual reunions.

READ: Doolittle Raiders Final Toast
http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/doolittle.asp

Photo: A U.S. Army Air Forces North American B-25B Mitchell bomber takes off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) during the "Doolittle Raid".

 
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