73d Annual 1st Cavalry Division Reunion
10-14 June 2020 – Louisville, KY
The Fort Knox Area Chapter invites you to join the rest of the First Team Family in Louisville, KY for the 73d Annual Reunion of the 1st Cavalry Division Association from 10-14 June 2020. All Life and Associate Members are welcome to attend this special event. Gold Star Families and Widows of our members are always welcome to attend.
Please register early to assist us in coordinating the best reunion possible. Some events have limited seating available due to the size of available rooms. All members of the Association must register and pay the $20 Registration Fee except for our Active Duty Troopers who pay $10 to register. Early registration starts 1 November 2019 through 15 May 2020 for all members. Those sending in registrations post-marked after 15 May 2020 must pay a late registration fee of $40. Family members attending with an Association member, Widows of 1st Cavalry Division Troopers, and Gold Star Family members that attend do not have to pay a registration fee. NOTE: Cancellations are non-refundable after the May 15, 2020 deadline.
This year the Association is offering an opportunity for members and their guests to purchase a souvenir ($6.50) to remember their time spent in Louisville.
We will be utilizing the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Center for all our events. The Crowne Plaza has guaranteed a room rate of $124 per night plus tax for up to rooms on peak nights and there is no charge for parking. Make sure that you identify yourself as attending the 1st Cavalry Division Association Reunion. The hotel does provide a free shuttle service from the Louisville Airport and rental cars are available at the airport.
Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport (888) 233-9527
I do not foresee the hotel running out of rooms, however if the need arises, I have provided additional hotels for our members to consider and in walking distance to the Crowne Plaza.
La Quinta Inn and Suites (502) 368-8100
Hampton Inn (502) 366-8100
Spring Hill Suites (502) 361-9009
For our members traveling with an RV, the closest park is Brooks Mobile and RV Park and it is approximately a 12 mile drive to the Crowne Plaza.
Brooks Mobile and RV Park (502) 276-6090
205 Sarver Ln
Brooks, KY 40109
REUNION EVENT OVERVIEW
This year’s Ladies Tea will be a trip on the Belle of Louisville (lunch included). Steamboat travel and transportation revolutionized the river, Louisville, and our nation. To board the Belle of Louisville is to do more that to see Louisville and the Ohio River from a unique perspective – it’s also a step onto a piece of American history.
Transportation arrangements have been made for our members to visit Downtown Louisville. Louisville is a city full of culture and compassion. For the “Foodie”, Louisville is ranked among the top 10 best new food cities; if Bourbon gets your engine running try the world’s only Urban Bourbon ‘city-wide’ experience; and for the kid in all of us, visit the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory or the Muhammad Ali Center. These are just a few things to do. Hop on the ‘LouLift’, free downtown transportation, and you can see everything else the downtown area has to offer.
The Welcome Mixer will be done differently in 2020. We will be taking you to Churchill Downs for a little night racing, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and maybe a little gambling at the slot machines. Don’t forget to pack your derby hat!
A permanent replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall is in the Elizabethtown Nature Park. The project is an 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. Our Fort Knox Chapter played an integral role in making this project happen and we are making it possible for our members to visit this memorial.
As usual, we will have all our planned events in the Crowne Plaza: War Era Lunches, Unit Lunches, Purple Heart Breakfast, Association Banquet, Group Breakfasts, and Memorial Service. We will have meetings of the Chapter Presidents, Foundation and Museum Foundation Trustees, the Board of Governors and our General Membership meeting. During our General Membership meeting on Saturday morning, we will hold elections for the Association and both Foundations.
Seating for all events is open except for Reunion Banquet on Saturday night. If you are attending the banquet, you must get your tickets marked with a table number at the Banquet Seating table when picking up your registration packet. If you want to sit with specific people, we recommend that you all go to the Banquet Seating table together with your tickets available. Don’t wait until the last minute or we may not be able to accommodate your needs.
Cavalry casual attire is appropriate for all reunion events. We are always questioned about attire for the banquet. Wear what you feel comfortable wearing; a coat and tie, your uniform (if it still fits), casual clothing with open collar, jeans, or shorts. We want you to attend and aren’t overly concerned with what you wear, so long as it isn’t indecent!
The Association will provide a Reunion Room in the Crowne Plaza for you to gather together and enjoy yourself. Drinks (beer and wine) in the Reunion Room are free but we ask that you generously donate to help us pay for this room. The Reunion Room will open daily at 0900 with the bar opening at 1200 hours.
The Crossed Sabers Chapter Souvenir Shop will set up a store in the hotel to sell all kinds of Cav-tastic First Team merchandise including shirts, hats, Stetsons, pins, decals and other items too numerous to mention.
The Best Part of the Reunion
As always, the best part of any reunion is the people that attend. The 1st Cavalry Division Association Reunion brings in Troopers from almost every era of the First Team’s history. Troopers that rode horses, fought in the Pacific with MacArthur, occupied Japan, fought in Korea, or stood watch on the DMZ will spend time with the Sky Troopers of Vietnam and the Troopers from Operation Desert Storm, Fort Hood, Bosnia, and the latest combat Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. The equipment and terrain might be different, but the common bond of serving with America’s First Team binds us together. Saddle up and ride on down to Louisville in 2020!