30th Reunion, November 2022, Arlington, VA

When? 08-12 November 2022

Where? Marriott Residence Inn Rosslyn, 1651 North Oak St., Arlington, VA 22209

How Much Does It Cost? You must pay to get there and back, for your room, and for hotel parking if you have a vehicle. Tentative plans are for everything else to be at no charge for anyone attending. That would include the 2/9 Jam Session on the afternoon of 09 November, with the Gallatin Canyon Band, our Birthday Dinner on the evening of 10 November, transportation back and forth to events for those needing it, free snacks, soft drinks, bottled water and beer every day in our hospitality room at the hotel, and free finger food and beverages at the jam session. I say this is tentative because some of this “free” stuff depends on Network member donations.  

Room Reservations:    Rooms are $135/night plus tax (about 14% at the time of this newsletter). Hotel parking is normally $25/night but we get a 50% discount so expect to pay $12.50/night. Rate includes a daily breakfast buffet. The Residence Inn has created a unique reservation page for us. 

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You may also call directly for a reservation at 1-800-331-3131. Make sure you tell them you are reserving your room under the “2/9 Reunion Room Block” and get a confirmation number from them. If anyone experiences difficulties getting a room email me immediately (twoninencoic@aol.com).

Tentative Agenda

08 November

No set events. Hospitality room open all day and well into the night.

09 November

2/9 Jam Session with the Gallatin Canyon Band 1400-1700 (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. for you civilians). Free beverages and light (finger) food provided. Traditional reunion Hot Damn ceremony, sponsored by Barbara “Mama Barb” Stander, honoring those who have gone before.

10 November:

10:00 HQMC Official Wreath Laying Ceremony. Held at the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial), in Arlington, VA. The memorial is about a 15 minute walk from our hotel. Transportation provided for those that need it. Participants include the CMC, Marine Band, Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, 8th and I passing in review, and keynote speaker.

18:00 (6:00 p.m.): Marine Corps Birthday Dinner. Sheraton Pentagon City.  Our intent is to pay for this entire meal for people attending.  Includes dinner, keynote speaker (still working on this), Commandant’s Birthday message, youngest and oldest Marine ceremony, raffle and 50/50 raffle results, and more.

Approximately 23:00 (11:00 p.m.):  Vietnam Vets visit The Wall to say hello to our brothers. Any family, friends or post-Vietnam members encouraged and invited to attend. Transportation provided as required. We leave from our reunion hotel, the Residence Inn, after returning there upon completion of our Birthday Dinner.

 11 November: Veteran’s Day.          

We have no official agenda item.  This is a free day for everyone. Obviously great sightseeing in the D.C. area and the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, VA, (Quantico), is about a 45 minute drive. There is a great Veteran’s Day Ceremony held every year at The Wall at 1300 hours (1:00 pm.).

12 November: Say our goodbyes until next year!

Our hospitality room will be open every day and night, with free beer, soft drinks, bottled water and finger food and snacks. I need to stress here that you do NOT have to attend the entire reunion and all the things on the agenda. Anyone within range of Arlington is welcome to attend the jam session on the 9th or the dinner on the 10th.

We will have to give the Marriott Pentagon City exact numbers of how many people will be at the dinner. I’ll let you know about that in the next edition of the newsletter. Again, we hope to be able to hold the dinner with no charge, but that is not a guarantee since it is based on donations.