2017 BRO Reunion

Kansas City, MO
26-30 July

2017 Tentative Reunion Program

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Wednesday, July 26
9-12 1-5 Registration
9-12 1-5 Quartermaster Open
9-12 1-5 First Division Museum Open
1:30pm-4:30pm Kansas City Tour
1:30pm Unit Rep Meeting with Society Staff
Thursday, July 27
7:30am-5:30pm Buses to Ft. Riley Trip
9-12 1-5 Registration
9-12 1-5 Quartermaster Open
9-12 1-5 First Division Museum Open
9:45am National Toy Museum and Shopping
12:30-5:45pm Made in Kansas City Tour
7:00pm-10:00pm Welcome Party (everyone is welcome)
Friday, July 28
7:30am-8:30am Conflict Breakfast
9-12 1-5 Registration
9-12 1-5 Quartermaster Open
9-12 1-5 First Division Museum Open
10:00am Unit Meetings in CP's
12:45-4:45pm BBQ and WWI Museum Tour
1:00pm Roundtable: 1st Division at NTC
2:00pm Board Meeting
3:30pm Roundtable: Middle East Operations
Saturday, July 29
9:00am Memorial Service
9:45am Paver Dedication
10-12 1-3 Registration
10-12 1-3 Quartermaster Open
10-12 1-3 First Division Museum Open
10:30am General Business Meeting
12:45pm-4:30pm Historic Union Station and National Airline History Hangar Tour
1:30pm Roundtable: Korea Operations
6:00pm Cocktails/Reception
6:30pm 98th Annual Reunion Banquet

Administration and Logistics Details

Our Hotel– The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center is the setting for our 98th annual reunion, July 26-30, 2017. Check-in will be at 3:00pm and checkout is at noon. As usual, you can stay three days before and three days after the reunion at our reunion rate. The hotel is located at 1 E Pershing Rd, Kansas City, Missouri 64108. The phone number is 816-474-4400. The hotel is located just off Main Street, a mile south of downtown and a half a mile east of I-35. Right next to the hotel is the massive Crown Center shopping and dining complex, plus Union Station, the Amtrak station, movie theaters and more. Included is a coupon to enter into a raf e to have your room upgraded to a suite for the same price as your regular room. Fill out the coupon and include the $5.00 donation to be entered in the raf e for the suite upgrade. We also are offering a raf e for a free stay from Wednesday to Sunday so include that coupon with your check for $25.00. We will draw the winners on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at the hotel.

Transportation from Airport– Super Shuttle is offering a one-way trip for $18.00 or round-trip for $30.00. In order to receive this special discount on your trip visit www.supershuttle.com and plug in your discount code "9539G" and you will then receive the discounted rates above. The link will be included on the website. If you need any additional assistance please call 1-800-BLUE VAN (258-3826). Kansas City International Airport is 20 miles from the hotel.

Parking– Current rates for the parking garage are $17 for self-parking with in and out privileges and $24 for valet parking. The garage isn’t owned by the hotel so we were unable to get discounted rates.

Schedule– If there is a reason that makes it impossible for you to arrive at the reunion on Wednesday, don’t worry. The core events of the reunion take place on Friday and Saturday. If you can’t attend the entire event, please feel free to join us whenever you can. You won’t be sorry!

Spread The Word!– You can help to spread the word about our reunion by sending our News Release to the editor or pressroom of your local media. Please make copies and mail or fax it to all of the newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations that you can. TIP: If you hand-deliver it, they may ask to interview you.

Unit Command Posts– As is our custom the 2nd, 16th, 18th, 26th and 28th Infantries, Artillery, Cavalry/Armor/Recon, Headquarters and Support Units will operate Command Posts (Hospitality Rooms) for their units. Veterans from units not listed are welcome in any CP. The size of your CP room will be based on the number of members from your unit attending. Don’t forget the CP’s competition judging takes place Friday. The theme for your competition will be the 100th Anniversary of your Division.

Handicapped Rooms– Please do not request a handicapped room unless you absolutely need one. If you have problems with walking or anything else, please indicate them on your reservation form and we will do everything in our power to assist you. Please be considerate of your fellow 1st Division veterans. Any special requests should be coordinated through the hotel.

Cutoff Date– The cutoff date for hotel room reservations is May 5, 2017. Please try to get your registration form to us well before that date. After May 5, 2017, hotel rooms will be based on space and rate availability and you will have to contact the reservation desk at the hotel directly at 1-816-474-4400.

Hotel Cancellation/Refunds– If you make reservations and then have to cancel them, we will refund your full amount minus the registration fee, as long as you cancel 24 hours before your arrival. Cancellations made less than 24 hours from the arrival date will be charged for one night’s hotel stay including tax and the registration fee. Please check with us if you have any questions. Cancellations made before noon EST on July 21, 2017 should be directed to the Society office at 1-215-654-1969. After that time all cancellations must be made through the hotel as the Society staff will be in transit. Please call the hotel at 1-816-474-4400 to notify them of your cancellation and leave a message for Jen Sanford as well at 215-740-0669.

Tour Cancellation/Refunds Tours– If you cancel by June 30, 2017 you will receive a full refund. After that date there are no refunds.

Weather– The average temperatures The average temperatures are in the 80's and 90's during the day and can change very quickly so please bring along a light jacket or sweater. Please wear comfortable clothes for all tours as well as good walking shoes. Casual clothing is appropriate for most restaurants.

Confirmation– As usual, we will send you a written confirmation. Please check it over carefully and make sure you are signed up for all of the activities and functions you are interested in, as there is limited seating. The banquet is a very popular function, so please sign up early, as we can only sell tickets to registered attendees of our reunion. If any extra activities are not listed on your confirmation letter, then you have not paid for them and must call headquarters immediately to make corrections or additions to your registration

Tours and Special Events

We have arranged a variety of tours to complete your visit to Kansas City, Missouri. Don’t forget your cameras and your comfortable shoes. These are optional events and require pre-registration. The tours have limited seating. To avoid disappointment, it is best to sign up for your tours when you register rather than waiting until you arrive at the reunion. All buses for tours will load from the lobby. If you are interested in the tours sign up early and if you decide you would like to take one of our tours after you arrived check with Quartermaster for availablity. This year we have included some roundtable discussions for you to attend. Please let us know if you are planning to attend so that we can provide seating for all. We will also be charging a nominal fee for the bus to Fort Riley. All proceedes from these fees will help fund 2017 Operation Santa Clause for the children of Fort Riley.

City Tour - $38 per person
From the Riverfront to Westport. From Case Park / Lewis & Clark Point to Hyde Park; from Downtown to Mid-town and the Country Club Plaza. From alleyways to boulevards and fountains. From Quality Hill to Walt Disney’s House and Neighborhood. Enjoy this afternoon to get your 'bearings' with a comprehensive view and history of "The City of Kansas" and its famous citizens. Two stops at key historic sites along the way.

Fort Riley - $5 per person (Lunch on your own for $5.50 per person)
7:30 Buses depart from hotel with Fort Riley Briefers giving the history of Fort Riley.
10:00 Arrive and Welcome, then a tour of Victory Park, lunch with the Soldiers. Tour Cavalry Parade Field: Statc Displays and tour museum. Tour Battalion Motor Pool/visit Troop Housing.
3:00 Depart for hotel

National Toy and Miniature Museum and Shopping - $38 per person (Lunch on your own)
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures educates, inspires, and delights adults and children through the museum’s collection and preservation of toys and miniatures. On August 1, 2015, the museum reopened as The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures with the world’s largest fine-scale miniature collection and one of the nation’s largest antique toy collections on public display. Shopping time is included on the world-renowned Country Club Plaza. Many fine shops and local dining options are at your service.

Made in Kansas City - $45 per person (Lunch on your own before tour)
Danny O’Neil’s Roasterie Coffee Company-Hold off on that third cup of java for a trip to the Roasterie Coffee Company - a tour for the taste buds. Danny O’Neil started with one bean in the 1980’s and now sources his beans sustainably and supports local farms and their communities, around the globe. This plant facility is a special treat to see the entire boutique and local operation, the old airplane, learn how to taste, store and enjoy their exclusive 'air roasted' coffee.

BBQ and WWI Museum - $68 per person
No visitor should leave Kansas City without tasting our world-famous BBQ. Travel by air-conditioned trolley today and sample a meat and side dish from 3 different award-winning restaurants. (Served on the trolley). The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is the most visited historic site in the city, for good reason. Your entry ticket is good for two days. Built By Kansas Citians, Embraced By the Nation Soon after World War I ended, Kansas City leaders formed the Liberty Memorial Association (LMA) to create a lasting monu- ment to the men and women who had served in the war. In 1919, the LMA and citizens of Kansas City raised more than $2.5 million in just 10 days. The equivalent of roughly $34 million today, this staggering accomplishment reflected the passion of public sentiment for the Great War that had dramatically changed the world. In 1921, more than 100,000 people gathered to see the supreme Allied commanders dedicate the site of the Liberty Memorial. This was the first time in history these five leaders were together in one place. Now, the National World War I Museum and Memorial is America's leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community.

Historic Union Station and National Airline History Hangar - $45 per person
Many American cities have lost their original train stations. We still have Union Station, dedicated in 1914. She shined for many years, transporting millions of passengers, soldiers and sailors over there, and back. Saved from loneliness and empty chairs inthe 1990's the citizens of KC opened their hearts and pocket books to restore the glorious Beaux Arts masterpiece of design. Now serving as both the Amtrak station and multiple venues within that offer entertainment, cuisine, private spaces, office spaces, traveling & educational exhibits. Enjoy your guided history tour of the structure with costumed docents. Free access to the KC Rail Experience included. Howard Hughes brought his Western Air office to Kansas City and with Jack Frye turned it into Trans World Airlines (TWA). Celebrate the piston driven (prop planes) and jet aircraft heritage. Film, tour and step on board historic aircraft in the National Airline History Museum Hangar. Howard Hughes, Amelia Earhart & Charles Lindbergh all visitors back in the day, now KC’s Downtown Airport. Glory days of passenger flights are interpreted through film and docent led tour of the museum and aircraft. TWA Connie or Constellation, Martin 404, and Classic DC 3 are on site which carried all domestic airline passengers 1934-1969. The DC3 is currently being restored to take to the skies once again! Don’t miss the moth-balled L-1011 jet sitting on the tarmac. Great place for a photo op (More jets are scheduled to be on site by mid-2017).