Reunion 2004: Washington, DC
WHEN: Monday, 30 August through Saturday, September 4, 2004
WHERE: Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area
HOTEL: Doubletree Hotel, Crystal City (Across from the Pentagon. We're
much impressed with the Hotel, plus their several fine restaurants!)
Chairman, Dick Lee
Assist. Chairman, "Chick" Cecchini
Members: Phil McAuliffe, Bill Scudder John Sherman
DATES: The Program will run from Tuesday, 31 August thru Saturday, 4 September,
2004. This could run longer if you choose to do some early
or late sightseeing, a personal touring or visiting.
COST: It's too early to know what the registration fee will be. We
do know that we'll be using buses for at least two trips and maybe three
times more than for a typical reunion. For that reason, the cost will be higher than with the usual only one bus use.
GENERAL PLAN: Due to the wonderful military resources available to us in Washington,
D.C. area we have decided to tap as much of it as we can to make this
2004 Reunion a truly memorable experience. This at a time which may, for
many of us, well be the last our health and other circumstances will
allow us to gather.
First of all, we realize that the sightseeing opportunities in the Nation's
Capitol are without equal. Should you want to do some sightseeing we've made arrangements
with the hotel to accept reservations for 3 days before Monday, August 30th and
3 days after Sunday, September 5, 2004.
The Reunion rate is $89 a night for 2 persons, plus tax
(currently 9.75%). This arrangement is not To exceed 10 rooms each of the days before
We alerted our Armed Forces Reunion, Inc. to offer a package of attractive
tours for those of you who want to take this great opportunity to see those
special places you may have missed over the years or are new. Notably
among the new is the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial There are always
the many wonderful Art Museums, various Smithsonian Museums, National Cathedral, National
Shrine, National Archives, etc. If you don't have any special place to concentrate on but want a sort
of panoramic tour, there is the very convenient bus (looks like
an open trolley) to take you to a the sightseeing places. It lets you get off to look around as long as you want. Then you can get
on another to continue the tour, all day if you wish.
Most important, though, we've put together a program for Wednesday, September
1 through Saturday, September 5, featuring the SILENT DRILL TEAM and the FIFE and
DRUM Corps of the 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard) on September 1st. We plan a
group visit to the Holocaust Museum on Thursday, September 2nd. On Friday, September 3rd,
the ARMY BAND has agreed to entertain at the separate luncheons following the Membership Meeting.
Their Strolling Strings play during the Ladies' Luncheon. The Men's
Chorale will be singing about a half-hour during the Men's Luncheon.
For our special MEMORIAL SERVICE Saturday morning, we have been promised the use of
the AMPHITHEATER of the TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN at Arlington National Cemetery for
the first part of our observance…the reading of the names of our recent
dead, organization by organization. Following, the widows present will lay their traditional
rose. During this part of the ceremony, THE COLOR GUARD of the 3rd INFANTRY will stand in place. Following,
the first part of our Memorial Ceremony, we then move to the front of the building to continue by
laying a wreath at the TOMB of the UNKNOWN. For this second part of the ceremony, we've been
promised the extraordinary privilege comparable to that usually provided only when the President or
Head of State lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown. The Army Band, Two Platoons of the 3rd
Infantry, and Tomb Guard will participate in our wreath laying.
For our Saturday Evening Banquet, the Army Band's Men's Chorale will entertain again.
Still in The planning stage, though not yet arranged, we hope to offer a trip
to visit the NATIONAL WWII MEMORIAL, scheduled to be completed and dedicated in
the Spring of 2004.
Oh, yes, the HOSPITALITY ROOM The Doubletree Hotel has a super attractive, large
room perfect for hospitality room purposes. It is up high with many windows
offering a beautiful view of Washington. We have been promised this room.
We'll have a cozy, single place for all attending the Reunion.
So vets of the 89th, wives, widows, all who can...set aside the date now! This will be a