71st Annual 1st Cavalry Division Reunion
20-24 June 2018 – Charleston, West Virginia
Reunions are a time for all of us to gather and renew old friendships or make new ones and we want each of you to be a part of this great event. The Almost Heaven West Virginia Chapter invites you to join the rest of the First Team Family in Charleston, West Virginia for the 71st Annual Reunion of the 1st Cavalry Division Association from 20-24 June 2018. We are planning numerous events and with ample opportunity for you to go off on your own and see the surrounding area. All Life members and Associate members of the 1st Cavalry Division Association are welcome to attend this special event. As always, Family members of our war dead, Gold Star Families, and widows of our members are welcome to join us for this reunion.
Please register early to assist us in coordinating the best reunion possible. Some events will have limited seating available due to the size of available rooms. All members of the Association must register and pay the Registration Fee in order to attend the reunion. Early registration, November 2017 through 01 June 2018 will be $20 for members, except those on active duty. Active Duty Troopers pay $10 to register. Those sending in Registrations post-marked after 01 June 2018 must pay 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.
We will be utilizing the Charleston Marriott Town Center as the Reunion Headquarters and will hold many of the scheduled reunion events at that same location.
The Charleston Marriott Town Center has a guaranteed room rate of $99 per night plus tax (12.5%) for up to 300 rooms on peak nights and there is no charge for parking. Call (304) 345-6500 to reserve a room. The hotel’s reservation toll-free number is (800) 228-9290. Make sure that you identify yourself as attending the 1st Cavalry Division Association Reunion and make your reservations prior to 01 June 2018. The hotel does provide a free shuttle service from the Yeager Airport. Shuttles and rental cars are also available. The hotel is located at 200 Lee St, Charleston, WV 25301.
Additional hotels to consider and within a short walking distance are:
**Both the Hampton Inn and the Courtyard by Marriott have rooms blocked (10 per) at a cost of $159 per night**
Hampton Inn Charleston Downtown:
100 Civic Center Dr, Charleston, WV 25301
Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Civic Center
100 Kanawha Blvd E, Charleston, WV 25301
Holiday Inn Express:
100 Civic Center Dr, Charleston, WV 25301
(800) 465-4329 or (304) 345-0600
Each of these additional hotels offer free parking and complimentary airport shuttle service. Keep in mind we do not have a contract with either of these hotels.
If you are traveling in a Recreational Vehicle there is an RV Park located approximately 9 miles from the Charleston Marriott Town Center. Their number for reservations is (304) 925-0997.
We encourage you to coordinate your travel arrangements early especially if you are using public transportation. National Travel, Inc. can help support you in making your plans for the reunion: www.nationaltravel.com.
REUNION EVENT OVERVIEW
The 71st Annual Reunion will run from Wednesday, 20 June through Sunday morning 24 June 2018 and is full of events and time to visit with one another.
As usual, we will also have our Welcome Mixer, War Era Lunches, Unit Lunches, Gold Star Family Breakfast, Purple Heart Breakfast, Ladies Tea, Sweetheart Dance, Annual Association Banquet, Group Breakfast 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.
There will be two tours offered this year. The first tour will be on Wednesday 20 June and members will have the opportunity to visit the Capital building, Cultural Center, museum, and the West Virginia Veterans Memorial. The cost for this tour is $10. The second tour offered will be Thursday 21 June and members will be given the opportunity to tour a coal village/mine and take in some shopping at Tamarack (https://www.tamarackwv.com/). The cost of this tour is $40 and includes a plated lunch at Tamarack.
Seating for all events is open with the exception of the 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. Do not wait until the last minute or we may not be able to accommodate your needs.
Cavalry casual attire is appropriate for all reunion events. Wear what you feel comfortable wearing a coat and tie, your uniform (if it still fits), casual clothing with open collar, or jeans or shorts. We want you to attend and are not overly concerned with what you wear, as long as it is decent.
The Association will provide a Reunion Room in the hotel during the reunion for you to gather and enjoy yourself. Drinks in the Reunion Room are free but we ask that you generously donate to help us pay for this room.
The Crossed Sabers Chapter Souvenir Shop will set up a store in the hotel selling all kinds of First Team merchandise including shirts, hats, Stetsons, pins, decals and other items too numerous to mention. A Reunion T-shirt may be ordered and the order form will start running in the November/December 2017 Saber.
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 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 join us in Charleston in 2018!