The 64th Annual Reunion is being held in Boston, Massachusetts. The 71st Infantry Division Association will be joining us again this year.
"From the charming cobblestones of Beach Hill and revolutionary landmarks of the Freedom Trail, to the iconic grounds of Harvard University and Fenway Park, Boston is a treasure trove of Americana" as stated on www.BostonUSA.com pretty much sums it up in one sentence.
While a challenge to narrow down the activities to fit into two days, we hope you'll take advantage of the excellent hotel rates and "come early, stay late" offer to take in more the historical sites of this area of our country.
Thursday, August 31, 2017 -Registration
Today is a day to register and relax in the hospitality room or sightsee on your own. With the joint reunion, we'll be sharing the Hawthorne and Alcott rooms for hospitality. Officers...please arrive in time for the Exevutive Council meeting scheduled for 7p in Essex A.
Friday, September 1, 2017- Boston Tours
We will travel to the JFK Library and Museum for a guided tour. The JFK Presidential Library and Museum portrays the life, leadership and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President. Located on a 20-acre park, overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that launched him to greatness, the Library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and times of John F Kennedy.
After lunch our guided tour will continue with an overview tour of the Freedom Trail. The group will stop at the Church of Christ Scientist, founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879, with a healing mission that embraces all humanity. Since 1935, more than 10 million people have traversed the 35 foot glass bridge that spans the Mapparium, taking visitors to a unique spot: the middle of the world.
Friday evening in the Concord Ballroom, both the 71st and the 65th will enjoy a pizza party mixer.
Saturday, September 2, 2017- Lexington, Concord and Salem Tours
We will begin our guided Revolutionary Adventure by traveling to Lexington for our first stop. Standing on Lexington Green, you will learn that it was here, on the morning of April 19, 1775, that "the first blood was spilt in the dispute with Great Britain," as George Washington wrote in his diary. In this first skirmish, 77 Minutemen (local colonists who had volunteered to be first responders to military and other threats) faced British Regulars. Eight Minutemen lost their lives and 10 were wounded. Two British soldiers were also injured. After the battle, Samuel Adams exclaimed to John Hancock, "what a glorious morning for America!".
On the Green, you will see the Revolutionary Monument, completed on July 4, 1779, on what was originally the site of the town's first schoolhouse. This monument is the oldest war memorial in the country. The remains of the colonists slain in the Battle of Lexington were moved here in 1835 with stones dating from 1690, are the oldest in Lexington. Our next stop is the Minute Man Visitor Center where programs include "The Road to Revolution", murals and more. Continuing on to Concord's North Bridge, site of the "shot heard 'round the world'."
Following lunch at the historic Hawthorne Hotel in Salem we will enjoy a guided tour of Salem, a small city with big history. We will learn about the witchcraft hysteria of 1692, the glorious days of maritime trade and the rich literary history including a visit to the House of the Seven Gables made famous by Salem son, Nathanial Hawthorne.
Saturday evening is free time to explore or relax as you wish. The hospitality room will be open.
Sunday, September 3, 2017- Meetings, friendships and banquet
Sunday morning will begin with our General Membership meeting in the Middlesex room. We need all members...both 65th Veterans and Legacy members to attend. This is very important for the continued growth of our group and we need to meet a quote of members each year at the meeting as stated in our By-Laws to continue our reunions!! Guests are always welcome.
The Hospitality room will be open for visiting throughout the afternoon.
The evening will conclude with our annual banquet and entertainment provided by the Winiker Music Group. This will be a joint banquet in the Concord Ballroom with the 71st Infantry Division.
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Join us for a reunion!
2017 Annual Reunion Boston, MA
August 31 to September 4, 2017
*Hotel cutoff date is July 31, 2017
*Centrally located near Bedford, Burlington and Billerica, MA with easy access to major restaurants and picturesque historical landmarks.
*Burlington Mall within 3 miles.
*In room safes and refrigerators.
*Breakfast included in room rate.
*Fitness center, indoor pool, sauna and more.
*Group rates honored 3 days pre/ 3 days post.
*Hotel provides complimentary shuttle service within a 5-mile radius.
Enjoy shared memories, friendship and travel in a new location each year.
We explore military history, museums and local attractions...and some really great meals together.
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