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2023 Reunion Tours

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

We'll begin a driving tour of the nation's capital.  Planned in 1790 by Pierre Charles L'Enfant, it is a city of broad avenues, circles, squares, and landscaped gardens.  See Arlington Cemetery, Pentagon, Capitol Hill, then drive along the Mall where many of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution are located.  See the beautifully lit Washington Monument with its circle of flags waving in the breeze.  Across the Tidal Basin, see the Jefferson Memorial, a tribute to the author of the Declaration of Independence and one of our founding fathers.  See and hear about many more buildings, as our guide introduces you to the history and architecture of Washington, DC.  Both the city's buildings and monuments are beautiful when lit up at night.  Especially impressive is the WWII Memorial, the first national memorial dedicated to all who served during World War II.  It's a "must see" at night.

Time: 19:30 board bus, 22:30 back at hotel.
$49/Person - includes bus and guide.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Open to the public in 2006, the National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines - past, present, and future.  Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia, the Museum's soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima.  World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology will surround you with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse you in the sights and sounds of Marines in action.  You'll see permanent galleries and temporary exhibits.  Enjoy lunch on your own at Tun Tavern.  Seating is first come, first serve.  You may wish to make dine a little earlier or a little later.  If you would like to make reservations, you can call 571-248-5643.

Time: 19:00 board bus, 15:00 back at hotel.
$75/Person - includes bus and escort.  Lunch on own.
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Thursday, August 17, 2023

Board the bus for a trip to Arlington National Cemetery.  There, board an open-air tram with stops at President John F. Kennedy gravesite, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Iwo Jima Gate, General Pershing Gravesite and Arlington House.  Enjoy time on your own to visit the Welcome Center upon arrival and before you depart.  Next stop will be to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  This US national memorial honors service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War.  In the same area you can also visit the Vietnam Women's memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and the World War II Memorial.

Time: 08:00 board bus, 12:30 back at hotel.
$59/Person - includes bus and escort.
*A valid state or government issued photo ID is required for entrance to Arlington Cemetery
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Friday, August 18, 2023

Upon arrival at the United States Naval Academy, enjoy a quick visit to the Visitor Center and Gift Shop, overlooking the Annapolis Harbor and Chesapeake Bay.  Make sure to check out the exhibits or watch a 13-minute film and get those souvenirs before the start of your two-hour tour.  The tour, designed for those who participated in U.S. Miliary operations with a focus on the Academy's role in supplying officers in various conflicts.  Includes an interactive PowerPoint presentation and Step-on Guide.
Following the tour, get ready to enjoy lunch on campus.

Time: 08:30 board bus, 14:00 back at hotel.
$75/Person - includes bus and escort and lunch.
*Everyone aged 18 and older must present a valid, unexpired, original U.S. government photo I.D. card (such as a Driver's License) or an original unexpired Passport to enter USNA grounds.  A Digital Driver's License does not meet the requirements to enter the installation.  You must present a physical ID to the USNA Gate Guards.  All States are REAL ID ACT compliant through May 3, 2023.  Unaccompanied minors without ID will not be permitted to enter.  General visitors will be screened with a magnetometer and have their bags X-rayed or visually inspected at the security checkpoint.
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Friday, August 18, 2023

After dinner on your own, board bus for the Marine Barracks (8th & I Streets).  You'll be directed to your reserved bleacher seating.  Marines from the Barracks will give a history of the Barracks and a preview of what is to take place during the parade, which begins at 8:45 pm.  As the "Oldest Post of the Corps," Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., established in 1801, has performed military reviews and ceremonies since its founding.  The present-day Evening Parade was first conducted on July 5, 1957.  Observe the ceremonies that have been the tradition of Presidents and past Commandants of the Marine Corp that will include ceremonial Drum and Bugle Corps, Silent Drill Team, the US Marine Band, and the Marine Corp mascot "bulldog."

Time: 18:00 board bus, 23:00 back at hotel.
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$59/Person - includes bus and escort.
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Saturday, August 19, 2023

As a decorative arts museum in Washington, D.C., United States.  The former residence of businesswoman, socialite, philanthropist and collector Marjorie Merriweather Post, Hillwood is known for its large decorative arts collection that focuses heavily on the House of Romanov, including Faberge eggs.  Other highlights are 18th- and 19th-century French art and one of the country's finest orchid collections.  Enjoy some free time exploring the gardens and special exhibits before taking a guided tour.  Enjoy lunch on your own at Merriweather Cafe with To-Go items or enjoy dining outdoors in the gardens.

Time: 10:00 board bus, 14:00 back at hotel.
$37/Person - includes admission, tour, bus and escort.  Lunch is on your own.
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Driver and Staff gratuities are not included in the tour prices.
Please be at the bus boarding area at least fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled time.
All tours require a minimum of thirty-five people, unless otherwise noted.

NOTE: There is a limit of one hydraulically lifted scooter or wheelchair per handicap accessible bus.  If you use a scooter but can climb the steps to board the bus, either you and/or a person traveling with you must be able to put the scooter in the bus’s luggage compartment.  Due to liability issues, drivers and tour guides cannot assist with scooters.

For reunion attendees canceling reunion activities prior to the cut-off date, Armed Forces Reunions, Inc. (AFR) shall process a full refund less the non-refundable AFR registration fee ($10 per person).  Reunion attendees canceling reunion activities after the cut-off date will be refunded to the fullest extent that AFR’s vendor commitments and guarantees will allow, less the non-refundable AFR registration fee.  Cancellations will only be taken Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm Eastern Time, excluding holidays.  Please call (757) 625-6401 to cancel reunion activities and obtain a cancellation code.

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