2019 Blue Spader Reunion

WHEN:
Wednesday, June 19th through Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

WHERE:
Clarksville, Tennessee and Fort Campbell, Kentucky

 

HOTEL:
Riverview Inn
50 College Street
Clarksville, Tennessee 37040

To make hotel reservations, call the hotel directly at (877) 487-4837, identify yourself as being with the 26th Infantry Regiment Association to get the group rate. The guest room rate for those attending the reunion is $115.15 which includes taxes and breakfast.

TRANSPORTATION: Nashville International Airport (BNA) is approximately 47 miles away. Shuttle fares are approximately $45-65 one way, Taxi is between $110-140.

 

REUNION CHECK-IN: 1000-1700 Wednesday through Friday

TOURS: All tours will be ticketed events and individuals must sign up and pay for each tour as part of the reunion registration process. The following provides an overview of the tours on Thursday and Friday.

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THURSDAY TOUR/EVENT: June 20th, 2019.

Day with Soldiers.

The active duty Soldiers of the 1st Battalion 26th Infantry host Association members and their guest to a day at FT. Campbell, Kentucky. The events will consist of static displays and a tour of the battalion headquarters. For those interested, there will also be a tour of the newly refurbished Pratt Museum. Lunch will be provided for those who want it at 2nd Brigade “Strike” Dining facility. Cost will be $6 per person, so please bring cash for this. Each Association member will be matched with a Soldier to tour with them for the entire day. Just like the reunion back in 2016, this will be the time to build rapport and keep the link between our Blue Spader Veterans and the Active Duty Soldiers because Once a Blue Spader, Always a Blue Spader.

 

Welcome Dinner
Join us for the “Taste of the South” buffet at the Riverview. There will be pulled pork, fried chicken, and several other “fixins”. After the welcome dinner, spouse are invited to the Volunteer Room for the Spouses’ Annual gathering. There will be desserts, coffee and tea.

FRIDAY TOUR(S): June 21st, 2019.

FT. Donelson, National Cemetery Tour, and Old Glory Distillery Tour.
The Fort Donelson National Battlefield gives us the opportunity to explore the 1862 battlefield and to understand why this campaign was so important in the American Civil War. We will also visit the National Cemetery where Soldiers from the battle of FT. Donelson and other Soldiers, including four Blue Spaders, are laid to rest. The Blue Spaders at this cemetery represent members from the Philippines’ War, WWI, WWII and Vietnam.

We’ll return to Clarksville where we will have a catered lunch provided by Mission BBQ at the Old Glory Distillery. After lunch, we will take a tour of the facility and be given the opportunity to taste their small batch spirits. There is also a gift store for any purchases you may want to make.

SATURDAY SCHEDULE: June 22nd, 2019

This is the final official day of the reunion which will start with the annual business meeting in the morning. The silent auction will end at noon then you can pick up any items you’ve won between 1400- 1600. That evening, we will cap off the reunion with our annual banquet where we will again have time with the Soldiers from the battalion.

During the day, you can walk right across the street to visit the Clarksville Downtown Market. This open air market features local farmers, artisans and businesses who offer fresh grown produce, food items and handcrafted products.

If you want to really take in the scenery, you will enjoy the Cumberland River Walk and McGregor Park which includes a riverfront promenade, wharf, amphitheatre, and the overlook plaza.

0600-0900- Breakfast
0800-1300- Clarksville Downtown Market (less than a block from hotel) 0900-1100- Annual Business Meeting
1100-1200- Silent Auction Last Chance before closing at noon
1200-1700- Command Post Operations
1400-1700- Pickup silent auction items
1800-2100- Banquet-Reception followed by dinner
Chicken-Pecan crusted chicken breast
Beef- Apricot and ginger glazed flank steak Vegetarian-Bean cassoulet with great northern beans

2130-UTC- Command Post Operations

COMMAND POST, SUPPLY ROOM, SILENT AUCTION: Wednesday through Friday, open at noon. On Saturday, the Silent Auction is open for one hour from 11 to noon.
Command Post is open on Saturday from noon until the banquet and then open again after the banquet until midnight.

2018 Blue Spader Reunion

WHEN:
Wednesday, June 20th through Saturday, June 23rd, 2018.

WHERE:
Charlotte, North Carolina

HOTEL:
Courtyard by Marriott

Concord, North Carolina

Located at: 7201 Scott Padgett Parkway, Concord, North Carolina, 28027
To make hotel reservations, call the hotel directly at (704) 453-2600
or book online at the following link: Hotel Reservations Click Here.

If you book your reservation by phone, identify yourself as being with the 26th Infantry Regiment Association to get the group rate. hotelThe guest room rate for those attending the reunion is $129.00 (plus taxes; includes breakfast buffet for two guests per room).

TRANSPORTATION: Charlotte Douglass International Airport (CLT) is approximately 15 miles south of the airport. Taxi fares are approximately $45 one way. A map and directions can be found at the following link: Directions to Courtyard by Marriott

Concord Regional Airport features Allegiant Air, a low-cost airline flying to limited cities, and is approximately 5 miles from the hotel. Click Here for a map and directions.

Amtrak has a station in Charlotte and Kannapolis, both approximately 15 miles from the hotel. Click Here for a map and reservations.

REUNION CHECK-IN:
1000-1700 Wednesday through Friday

TOURS: All tours will be ticketed events and individuals must sign up and pay for each tour as part of the reunion registration process. The following provides an overview of the tours by day on Thursday and Friday.

THURSDAY TOUR(S): June 21st, 2018.

Kings Mountain National Military Park. Thomas Jefferson called it “The turn of the tide of success.” kings park ncThe battle of Kings Mountain, fought October 7th, 1780, was an important American victory during the Revolutionary War. The battle was the first major patriot victory to occur after the British invasion of Charleston, SC in May 1780. The park preserves the site of this important battle. We will travel by bus to the National Military Park. Upon arrival, we will have an opportunity to watch a short movie on site, tour the museum and battlefield park, and will have a box lunch at a local picnic area. We will return to the hotel in the mid afternoon for some downtime before heading to the second activity for the day.

Charlotte Knights Minor League Baseball. The Blue Spaders will watch the Charlotte Knights play the Toledo Mud Hens in our own picnic area above the left field wall. Attendance includes a ticket to the game, an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner, and non-alcoholic drinks during the game. We will leave the hotel at approximately 6pm for a game start time of 7:05pm. We will return by bus at the end of the game.

FRIDAY TOUR: June 22nd, 2018.
Veterans Monument of Valor/ NASCAR Day . The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority honors veterans groups that visit the city with a personalized plaque on the Mark Syrkin Monument of Valor. We will attend a short dedication ceremony where a bronze plaque will be placed on the Monument of Valor to commemorate the Blue Spader’s service to our country. After we place the monument, we will tour the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The NASCAR HoF honors the icons of the sport and is a high tech venue designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-race fans alike. Following lunch on site, we will take a tour of Charlotte Motor Speedway. The tour cost includes transportation, tickets to the NASCAR Museum, Speedway Tour, and the Monument of Valor Dedication. There are a number of options for lunch to include the Pit Stop Café in the museum and local establishments nearby. After the Speedway tour, we will return to the hotel for the day.

SATURDAY SCHEDULE: June 23rd, 2018

0900-1100 Annual Business Meeting (Coffee Service)
1100-1200 Silent Auction Last Chance before closing at noon
1200-1700 Command Post Operations
1700– Load buses for Banquet at the Speedway Club
1800-2100 Banquet
Reception followed by dinner

Dinner menu includes four choices for the main dish:
Fish – Grilled Mahi Topped with Mango Salsa
Beef – Filet grilled and served with sautéed mushrooms and demi glaze
Chicken – Pan seared chicken breast with mushroom marsala sauce
Vegetarian – Grilled vegetable ravioli with sautéed spinach and pesto cream

2100– Load buses for return to the hotel
2130-2400 Command Post Operations

COMMAND POST, SUPPLY ROOM, SILENT AUCTION: Wednesday through Friday, open at noon. Silent Auction open form 11 to noon on Saturday as well. Command Post open on Saturday from noon until the banquet and then open again after the banquet until midnight.

Click Here to Download Registration Form

Infantry Museum Reserved Section – Blue Spader Pavers

Message from the Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment
Infantry Museum Reserved Section – Blue Spader Pavers

The National Infantry Museum has reserved Section 26B on the Heritage Walk for 26th Regiment Soldiers who want to purchase a paver. Print the attached paver form, fill it out, attach your check and send it in. Pavers purchased by 31 May will be installed in time for the reunion. Click the button below to download Paver form

Steve McClaflin
HSGMR

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2017 Blue Spader Reunion

NOTE: Please mail your reservation form and check soonest.
MUST BE RECEIVED NLT 22 MAY 2017.

 

Click here to download 2017 Reunion Information Sheet

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Click here to download 2017 Reunion Registration Form.

 

Hilton Garden Inn, Columbus, Georgia – 21-24 June 2017.
To make hotel reservations, call 706-660-hilton garden hotel1000. Identify yourself as being with the “26th Infantry Regiment Association” that is having a reunion in June 2017. The guest room rate for those attending the reunion is $119.84 per night, and includes taxes, Breakfasts, and two guests per room. Our Group rate is available 3 days pre- and 3 days post-reunion window. Parking and internet are free. If you encounter any problems making reservations contact Ms Gayla Johnson (gjohnson@vhghotels.com) Sales & Catering Manager. Or call or email the event coordinator: Mike Menser (706) 718-9751: mike.menser@icloud.com.

Reunion Check-In.
1000-1700
Wednesday thru Friday
at the Hilton Garden Inn lobby
Columbus, Georgia

Command Post (CP). Tom Wills has graciously volunteered to oversee the CP operations again this year, and volunteers to help run the CP are being sought. Open Wednesday 1200- 2300; Thursday 1500-1800 and 2000-2300; Friday (TBD); Saturday 1200-1830 and 2030-2300. All times approximate.
Supply Room. Located in boardroom across from CP. Hours generally follow the hours of the CP.
Silent Auction. Located in the boardroom. Hours generally follow the hours of the CP. Last auction bids on Saturday, 24 June @1200. We need help in two areas. First, we need contributions that can be auctioned off—all proceeds go into Association fund and help to further our mission. Second, is volunteers donating time and energy to help run this year’s auction (phone Mike Menser (706) 718-9751 if you can spare a few hours while at the reunion.
Annual Association Business Meeting. Located in the CP/Ballroom, 24 June, 0930-1100.
NOTE: Please mail your reservation form and check soonest to: Brynt Parmeter 972 N. California Ave Palo Alto, CA 94303
Please mail soonest—must be received no later than 22 MAY 2016
We are expecting a larger than usual turnout, so let me emphasize importance of early registration in order to guarantee these rates and have enough room for all attendees. There is an overflow hotel but it is a couple miles away.
EVENTS
Thursday 22 June – History, Lunch, Shopping.
0800 hours board bus to visit historic Warm Springs, Georgia, vacation home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, aka the

“Little White House”.From there we move to lunch at nearby historic Bulloch House— for buffet lunch. After lunch explore quaint Warm Springs and some unique shops. Board busses for return to hotel at 1300 hours. Ladies tea 1500. 1730 bus to VFW for our Welcome Dinner buffet, music and dancing.
Friday 24 June – National Infantry Museum, Fort Benning.

0800 hours (NLT) board buses to NIM; debark in front of museum, for short walk to reserved seats at Patriot Field for the graduation ceremony of a One Station Unit Training (OSUT) company. This is a one-hour great event and very interesting. Then walk to the National Infantry Museum and break into small groups for guided tour. After the guided tour, we are on our own to explore the museum and gift shop. 12:30 re-board the buses. On return to hotel, a lunch of pizza and salad will be waiting in the CP.

 

 

Hold the Mail

Message from the Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment

The Command Sergeant Major of our deployed Brigade has asked that we cease sending care packages and cards to our deployed Soldiers after 30 NOV 16. The influx of holiday packages and mail from families is stretching the Brigade delivery capability based on units being spread over an extremely wide area. The unit is trying to make certain family mail gets through for the holidays.
Thanks to all who have sent greetings to our deployed Blue Spaders. We will get the word out when the backlog is resolved.
McClaflin, HSGMOR