Hello Third Marine Division Association Family.
I hope all is well with everyone. 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 decided to offer rare opportunities for our members and 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 conversations with them, finding the right people within the bureaucratic and political system who are willing to go the extra mile. We are looking for some preferential treatment. The events are:
- The White House for the Ladies outing
- The Pentagon
- The Capitol
PLEASE NOTE THE INFORMATION AND SIGN-UPS FOR THE PENTAGON AND THE WHITE HOUSE both on line and in the CALTRAP PRINT ISSUE THAT MUST BE FOLLOWED EXPLICITLY:
If you want to go to the Pentagon, you must fill out the form and either mail it or email it, BY MAY 11, 2020. SCAN THE COMPLETED FORM AND EMAIL AS AN ATTACHMENT, OR MAIL TO ADDRESS ON THE INSTRUCTIONS. This information is for security clearance and I send it in with the requested time and date for the tour. Do not send money. That goes with your registration form. The Pentagon tour follows immediately the NRA Museum tour. It is one outing.
The ladies function at the White House also needs security clearance information. Ladies, please fill out the form found ON LINE AND in the CALTRAP print issue and return by May 11, 2020. As with the Pentagon sign up, please either email or mail the completed form. I must submit this information when I request the tour.
I will request both the Pentagon tour and the White House tour the second full week of May, which is why I need your information by then.
Our Patriots Tour will start out at the Arlington National Cemetery, where we will get a tram tour, with seven stops including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Iwo Jima monument. That will be followed by the Capitol tour and as time permits, visiting the Walls.
We are going to the NRA National Firearms Museum before we go to the Pentagon. At one time the NRA Museum had offered one of our members an opportunity to fire something at the range. They have withdrawn that because of the cost associated with closing the range just for us. From the NRA we will go to the Pentagon.
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 up 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 to make this a very special Reunion. Please check the Reunion information on line and in the CALTRAP print edition for the signups.
The Committee has chosen to do these special events in spite of the challenges, including some difficult logistical challenges, because we love our members and want to give you an opportunity of a lifetime. We understand and have taken some heat for this, but we don't mind going the extra mile.
We ask for patience, understanding, and support in our effort to offer these special outings. We have worked hard and have dealt with many challenges, but we press forward with the hope of a great Reunion.
As of now, we are still on for the Reunion. I am in daily contact with my Congressman's DC office about the coronavirus. Look for updates online at caltrap.org. Full steam ahead as of now. See you in DC!
Robert North, President
3rd Marine Division Association, Inc.