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Apr 26, 2021

The Host Hotel is the Crowne Plaza San Antonio Airport

 

Go to the Hotel link or click HERE for Rates, Reservations, and Information

 

 

Apr 24, 2021

The Car Rental Apocalypse: Why renting a car in tough in 2021

 

So what's the reason behind this rental car madness?

https://thepointsguy.com/news/state-of-rental-car-industry/

 

 

Apr 20, 2021

A CHANGE TO THE QUESTIONNAIRE

 

Questions 3 & 7 (below and changed) should ask: "How many Rooms?" - Not How many Guests.

 

 

Apr 16, 2021

UPDATED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS & FUNERAL INFORMATION - Subject to Change

 

September 06, 2021 (Monday) – Arrival

6:00pm          Welcome Social at Host Hotel (Location TBD)

                                   

 

September 07, 2021 (Tuesday) – Funeral

10:00am        Memorial Service – TBD (Maybe Fort Sam Houston Post Chapel)

 

11:30am        Colonel Dick & Mart Cole’s Internment at Fort Sam Houston Memorial Cemetery

 

TBD              Colonel Cole’s Promotion Party (Reception) – Randolph AFB

 (Finger food: Provided by the Cole Family)

 

TBD              Family & Friends Group Dinner – Location TBD

 

 

September 08-10, 2021 (Wednesday & Thursday night) - Riverwalk

We’re looking for hotel discounts for those staying longer and want to be on the Riverwalk.

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RSVP by copying & pasting the questions with your answers and emailing them to me at: Wes@DoolittleRaiders.org

 

1. Would you be attending the funeral on Sep. 7?

Yes / No / Maybe

How many guests?

 

2. Would you be attending the Funeral Reception on Sep 7 after the funeral?

Yes / No / Maybe

How many guests?

 

3. Would you be staying at the Crowne Plaza Airport (host hotel) on Sep 6-8 (Monday & Tuesday nights)?

Yes / No / Maybe

How many rooms?

 

4. Would you be attending the social event on Sep 6 (Monday night) at theCrowne Plaza Airport ( host hotel)?

Yes / No / Maybe

How many guests?

 

5. Would you pay for transportation (tour bus) on Sep 7 to and from the Crowne Plaza Airport (host hotel), funeral, and reception (may be Randolph AFB)?

(Read NOTE below before answering)

Yes / No / Maybe

How many guests?

NOTE: Rental car prices are high – Our Host Hotel will be required to have an airport shuttle to and from hotel & airport. However, going to Fort Sam Houston is on your own unless we reserve transportation.

 

6. Would you attend the dinner at the Crowne Plaza Airport (host hotel or close by) after the funeral on Sep 7 (Tuesday night)?

Yes / No / Maybe

How many guests?

 

7. Would you like a discounted hotel on the Riverwalk Sep 8-10 (Wednesday-Thursday nights)?

Yes / No / Maybe

How many rooms?

NOTE: If you plan on staying and visiting the Alamo, Riverwalk, etc.

 

 

Apr 15, 2021

UPDATE (FROM RICH COLE)

Dear Friends and Family;

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions Cindy and I have decided to bury Mom and Dad in San Antonio, TX at the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. The funeral will be held on 7 Sept at 1130. There will be a service preceding the funeral at a time and location yet to be determined but most likely at the Ft. Sam Post Chapel. We will provide more details as we get them. We apologize for all the changes and appreciate your patience as we try and navigate how to make this work. Thank you

V/R

Rich

 

 

Mar 18, 2021

NEW DATE & LOCATION CONFIRMED

The family has decided to intern Col Richard & Martha Cole at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas on September 7 (Col Cole's birthday), 2021. We're working on hotel, funeral and schedule information. Therefore, please check back in a few weeks.

 

 

Jan 23, 2021

NEW DATE REQUESTED

The new date requested for the funeral is September 07, 2021 (Dick's Birthday).

CHECK BACK MID-MAY, 2021 FOR UPDATE & FOR ROOM BLOCK.

 

 

Jan 05, 2021

THE FUNERAL DATE MAY CHANGE

We're looking to change the date as COVID-19 is still limited the number of people attending funerals at Arlington. Stay tuned!

 

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Nov 10, 2020

MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS

Please make your hotel reservations now as we have limited rooms for this discounted price (HERE). Arlington will not confirm the internment date until within 4 months. Therefore, we should know by the middle of January if April 16, 2021 is confirmed. Again, you can always cancel within a day of two of that date. However, the family is confident this will be the date!

 

 

Oct 01, 2020

NEW DATE REQUESTED

The new date requested for the funeral is April 16, 2021 and the Goblet Ceremony on April 18, 2021. The contract with the Crowne Plaza has been signed so you can reserve your rooms now using the discounted code.

 

 

Jul 2, 2020

UPDATE

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

FUNERAL & EVENTS POSTPONED (FROM RICH COLE)

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.

 

WHY? (FROM RICH COLE)

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.

 

AIRLINES

Major airlines have COVID-19 policies allowing you to cancel or receive credit for future travel without penalty. Below are helpful links for the major airlines.

 

Allegiant

https://www.allegiantair.com/travel-advisory-more-info

 

American

https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/coronavirus-updates.jsp

 

Delta

https://www.delta.com/us/en/travel-update-center/overview#waiver

 

Southwest

https://www.southwest.com/Coronavirus

 

United

https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/travel/notices.html

 

HOTEL

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.

 

WHAT'S NEXT?

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.

Wes

 

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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.

 

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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

TBD

 

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.

 

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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!

 

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March 28, 2020

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

 

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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...

 

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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.