Alan Cunningham, Associate
As you probably saw in the last Bulge Bugle, we have been working very hard to put together an excellent reunion this year in Williamsburg, VA. If you look at the announcement in this issue, you will notice that we have added an item on Sunday morning. We will start the day with a wreath laying ceremony in Williamsburg in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the ending of World War II as part of the Spirit of ’45 “Tribute to America’s Greatest Generation.” We will be dedicating one of about 2,000 wreaths around the world. Also, Auston and Bonnie O’Neill, Jr. and their Spirit of ’45 Day Express will be culminating their year and a half travels throughout the United States promoting the Greatest Generation and the 70th Anniversary of the ending of World War II. VBOB selected the weekend of August 14 – 16 specifically to participate in the 70th Anniversary Commemorative Weekend events. There is no additional cost to attend the Sunday morning wreath laying, as we have obtained sponsors to pick up most of the costs. The rest of the day will be a relaxing day with our meetings and evening banquet. The other days include: Saturday at Fort Lee, center of Army Logistics and home of the Quartermaster and Women’s Museums; and Monday visiting the Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center to cap off our events. To attend our reunion, see the full listing of events later in this Bugle along with the revised reservation form. Remember that there are increased access requirements at all army installations now in affect so be sure you have your GOVERNMENT ISSUED IDENTIFICATION. If you have a military ID or “CAC,” that is even better, as it reduces the advanced requirements on VBOB.
Also in this Bugle is the announcement of the Battle of the Bulge Historical Foundation’s 71st Anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Bulge. This event usually is held in Washington, D.C. over the anniversary of the starting of the Ardennes Campaign, December 16, 1944. Last year for the 70th anniversary, VBOB traveled to Belgium and Luxembourg for the celebration so there was no event in D.C. in December. As a result, VBOB held a shortened 70th anniversary celebration of the ending of the Battle in January 2015, which was a huge success. This year the celebration is back to Washington, D.C. at the anniversary of the start of the battle. I encourage all of you to attend this event as it is always a good time. If you have never attended, ask someone who has what they think and why they come back year after year.
As a reminder, planning is underway for the 2016 reunion, which will be in Seattle, Washington. This will be our first reunion in the northwest, and looks like it will be a memorable reunion as well. The dates have not been selected yet, but will be published as soon as they are firm.
I am looking forward to seeing you at our reunion in Williamsburg August 14-18, 2015 and in D.C. in December for the Anniversary Commemoration. Be well and have a wonderful year.