The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department, the Veterans Memorial Garden Advisory Council and the Lincoln Parks Foundation invite the public to the dedication of the Doolittle Raiders Memorial Monument at 7 p.m., Wednesday April 18. The ceremony will be held in the Veterans Memorial Garden in Antelope Park, 3200 Memorial Drive. (In case of rain, the ceremony will be in the enclosed shelter near the Garden entrance.)
The military monument honors the memory of the Doolittle Raiders. On April 18, 1942, Lt. Col. James "Jimmy" Doolittle led 79 men in a raid on the Japanese mainland as a response to the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor.
The two-year monument project was led by Daniel Robertson. He was a Pius X student when he proposed the idea to City officials after learning about the two Lincoln-born Raiders, Richard Joyce and Donald Fitzmaurice.
"It has been inspiring to work with Daniel on this project and learn more about the Doolittle Raiders," said J.J. Yost, Director of Planning and Construction for the Parks Department. "We are proud to have this monument at the Veterans Memorial Garden."
The Lincoln East Rotary Club provided a generous lead gift in support of the monument.
For more information about the Lincoln Parks Foundation, visit lincolnparks.org or call 402-441-8258. More information on Parks and Recreation is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.