In a peculiar quirk of fate, a former Hurricane Hunter will be the guest speaker at a Veterans Day ceremony in Cape St. George Lighthouse Park. In 2005, the 1852 Cape St. George Lighthouse collapsed into the Gulf of Mexico after a series of storms and hurricanes. It was rebuilt in 2008 with the support of the local community, state and federal governments.
Veterans Day Guest Speaker, Major General Don Ralph, US Air Force Retired, headlines the commemoration at Lighthouse Park. Ralph is an accomplished veteran who commanded the world famous Hurricane Hunters, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. The Hurricane Hunters are the only division of the Defense Department that flies into hurricanes and tropical storms. Ralph is a graduate of the US Airforce Academy. During his 35 year career, he served at the Pentagon and as an instructor, flight examiner and operations officer for a tactical airlift squadron.
Cape St. George Lighthouse Association is partnering with St. George Island Veterans Reveille and 106 Legion in Apalachicola. The community event is November 11 at 11 am.
After the ceremony, there will be free refreshments and Cape St. George Lighthouse will be open for climbing with free climbs to veterans.
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