The St. George Lighthouse Association, in partnership with
SGI Veterans Reveille Group and American Legion Post #106 in Apalachicola will
conduct a Veterans Day ceremony in Lighthouse Park on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
Guest speaker will
be retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Donald Ralph, who retired in 2015 as the mobilization
assistant to the commander of Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt
Field. Ralph served as the principal advisor to the commander for all reserve
component matters and oversight of reserve force readiness, integration,
operations, and mobilization in time of crisis and war.
Ralph entered the
Air Force in 1980 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He served as a
C-130 advanced flying training instructor pilot, followed by an air staff training
assignment at the Pentagon. He was then selected initial cadre aircraft
commander to fly the B-1B bomber at McConnell AFB, Kansas followed by selection
to attend U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School.
He has served as an
instructor, flight examiner and operations officer of a tactical airlift
squadron, and commanded the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, the world-famous
“Hurricane Hunters.” Over his 35-year career, he has worked for
commanders of two combatant commands and commanders of four major commands.
In his civilian
occupation, he is employed as an international captain on the B-767 for a major
Refreshments will be served after the ceremony and the
lighthouse will be open to everyone with free climbs offered to all veterans.