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As per what has become tradition, it was a fine tribute to our fallen heroes at Courthouse Park on Veterans Day with patriotic music, inspiring words and the usual terrific effort by our own posts of the VFW and American Legion.

Capping the ceremony was Bill Hoffrage piloting his World War II trainer in a flyover as the crowd looked skyward. Afterward, in what also has become a tradition, the Elks Lodge across the street from the park served the veterans a traditional holiday meal and even some liquid refreshments.

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Yet another tradition ends. Meanwhile, back in Dayton, Ohio, three of the four surviving Doolittle Raiders from the famous raid over Tokyo in 1942, each holding their own silver goblet, toasted themselves and their fellow crewmembers. In another flyover, a flight of B-25 bombers capped a weekend of shared memories and salutes to the men of that courageous mission.

Representing the original number of men on the raid, the 80 silver goblets in the ceremony were presented to the Raiders in 1959 by the city of Tucson, Ariz. The Raiders’ names are engraved twice, the second upside-down. During the ceremony, white-gloved cadets presented each of the three with their personal goblets filled with 1896 cognac. The goblets of the deceased are turned upside down...


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