Hello Third Marine Division Association Family.
I hope everyone is having an excellent 2020 so far. I am super excited about the Reunion in Washington DC. In addition to the traditional events/outings, we will have some new and exciting ones. Linda North and the Reunion Committee started working on this last year and she continues working to make this a special Reunion. We have 3 outings on the schedule where we are at the mercy of bureaucrats and politicians. We are continuing weekly conversations with them:
- The White House for the Ladies outing
- The Pentagon
- The Capitol
We have worked very hard on these, but still there is a pre event time frame in place that we have to abide by. But based on the ongoing conversations we have had with everyone, we are going to schedule them, but have back up plans just in case. I will discuss this further in the next caltrap that is supposed to be mailed in late March. Also, the schedule will be posted on this site under Reunion information in early March.
We are also going to the NRA National Firearms Museum. One of our attendees will get to shoot something at the range "that they have never fired before", says Linda's NRA person. That will be determined when we are there. They are closing the firing range to the public and leaving it open just for us. We will have a lottery to see who gets to fire the weapon.
We will have an outing to the National Cemetery where we will get a tram tour, with stops at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the John F. Kennedy Tomb and Memorial. The Iwo Jima monument is right at the entrance to the National Cemetery for us to see.
We will be going to the National Museum of the Marine Corps. There have been some additions and changes since we were last there.
One of the usual highlights will be the Evening Parade at 8th and I. The Evening Parade features "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, "The Commandant's Own" The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Marine Corps Color Guard, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, Ceremonial Marchers, and Cpl. Chesty XV, the official mascot of Marine Barracks Washington.
I am in conversations with the Commandant's office in hopes he will be our Guest of Honor and banquet speaker, and have also asked the "President's Own" Marine Corps band director for music.
We are stepping out in hopes of having a really special time at the Reunion. Please be patient with us as we are trying to do the difficult things.
Robert North, President
3rd Marine Division Association, Inc.