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Jul 2, 2020


All reservations under the "Block" will be cancelled in the next few days. The new requested date for the funeral at Arlington is April 16, 2021 (Friday) and the goblet ceremony on April 18, 2021 (Sunday) on the anniversary of the raid (locations TBD). The new room block will be posted in the next few weeks. Therefore, check back around Aug 1, 2020. Have a safe and Happy 4th of July.



Jun 24, 2020


Cindy and I have decided to postpone Dad’s funeral again. We are going to request 16 Apr 2021 as the new date. If approved we will hold the cup ceremony on the 18th of Apr 2021.



I spoke to the Pentagon last night and they confirmed they would almost certainly be in Level B for the COVID-19 response. Level B restricts gatherings to no more than 50 people so the Ft. Myer Chapel and the gravesite would be restricted to no more than 50 people. Obviously this won’t work for the funeral as we have more than 400 people committed to attending. This is over and above the Pentagon invitees.



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All reservations will be cancelled if you booked inside the block rate. However, I recommend you cancel on your own to ensure it is cancelled.



Rich is working his magic to secure a new date around the anniversary of the raid. Please check back in a month or two and I hope I will have more information.




April 27, 2020

1. Updated the "Schedule of Events"

2. At this time we will not have a Goblet Reception on Tuesday night. We're trying to have the Goblets on display during the Funeral Reception Monday afternoon at the Crowne Plaza.



April 10, 2020


Sunday – August 30, 2020

6:00pm-9:00pm: Welcome Social at the Crowne Plaza Arlington Ballroom (Cash bars & $10 donation per Adult – Children Free for heavy Hors-d'oeuvres)


Monday – August 31, 2020

9:45am: Transportation to Arlington ($15 per Adult – Children Free) - If you signed up

11:00am-1:00pm: Colonel Cole’s Funeral at Fort Myer Chapel – Arlington

2:00pm-5:00pm: Reception at the Crowne Plaza Arlington Ballroom (Cash bars & light Hors-d'oeuvres: Provided by the Cole Family)


Tuesday – September 1, 2020



Wednesday – September 2, 2020

10:00am: Air Force Association (AFA) Doolittle Leadership Dedication


NOTE: We made the room block through Sep 3 for those who want to stay an extra day since Sep 2 will be the anniversary of the end of World War Two and they may be several events commemorating this historical event in DC. We’re hoping the Air Force will have the Goblet & Promotion Ceremonies on this day. However, the Air Force controls when, where, and who’s invited.



April 9, 2020

REMEMBRANCE: Colonel Cole passed away one year ago today...


UPDATE: New dates should be confirmed in the next few days...Stay tuned...Stay safe!



March 28, 2020

WAITING FOR DATES: The funeral, promotion, and Goblet ceremony will be rescheduled soon. Randomly check back for updated info.



March 16, 2020

EVENTS POSTPONED: Most likely events will now be around the first week in September. Check back for updates. Meanwhile, we can cancel your hotel room without penalty and maybe your flight (see Hotel & Airline Updates Below). Stay healthy, Wes


FUNERAL UPDATE (FROM RICH COLE TO HOTEL): Just received official notification this morning that the events surrounding my Dad and Mom’s funeral have been postponed to sometime later this summer. The target dates are between 15 Aug and 7 Sep. My gut feel is that the week of 31 Aug-4 Sep is the best but we will have to wait for DOD to decide. However there is a small possibility that Arlington will proceed with burials which will require us to decide but I believe we will be allowed to move with DOD. I know these are squishy dates but if you could pencil us in that week we would greatly appreciate it. Hopefully we will know more by the end of March. Thanks very much for your understanding. ...Rich Cole


HOTEL UPDATE (FROM HOTEL): I have placed a hold on space at Crowne Plaza for Wednesday, September 2, Thursday, September 3, and Friday, September 4. Once you get the confirmation from DOD we can work on the new agreements and I promise you I will do my absolute best to keep the awesome room rates you have. I will also confirm if every guest has to call in personally and cancel their block or if when we remove the block it cancels the reservations. Each hotel chain is different. Thanks gentlemen! I look forward to connecting about the rescheduling once this gets settled. Stay safe! Your partner, Annalisa


GOBLET CEREMONY:  Has been POSTPONED. Future dates proposed were in August and September. More to come...



January 31, 2020

HOTEL PARKING: When you enter the parking garage you will get a ticket (you need this going in and out of the garage). Make sure to notify the front desk at check in that you have a vehicle and give them the group code CRC as this charge (discounted rate $20 a night) will be added to your hotel bill.


NO VALET: Just found out the hotel does not have valet service.