Annual Reunion

Annual Reunion

2018 Reunion Program


Our Hotel– Westin Lombard is the setting for our 99th annual reunion, August 1-5, 2018. The hotel is located at 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL  60148. The phone number is 630-719-8000.  The hotel will honor our reunion room rate for 3 days before and 3 days after the reunion. 
Transportation from Airport– Windy City is offering a shared ride price each day from 6:00am-8:00pm except Saturday.  Here is how this works.  It’s $33 each way from O’Hare or $38 from Midway.  It is $10 for per additional person each way.  So, a party of 2 traveling together will pay $43 each way and a party of 4 will pay $64 each way from O’Hare or $48 and $68 from Midway.  The regular rate is $55.65 from either airport and will be applied from 8:00pm-6:00am each day and from Friday at 8:00pm until Sunday at 6:00am. (These are the times the shared rate isn’t in effect) To schedule the shuttle call 1-866-949-4639, #3 reservations and tell them you are going to the Westin Lombard to schedule your pickup.
Parking–Self-parking at the hotel is complimentary.
Unit Command Posts– As is our custom the 2nd, 16th, 18th, 26th and 28th Infantries, Artillery, Cavalry/Armor/Recon and 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.
Handicapped Rooms– Please do not request a handicapped room unless you absolutely need one.  If you have any disabilities we should be aware of, 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 June 28, 2018. Please try to get your registration form to us well before that date.  After June 29, 2018, hotel rooms will be based on space and rate availability and you will have to contact the reservation desk at the hotel directly at 1-630-719-8000.
Tour Cancellation/Refunds Tours– If you cancel by July 6,2018 you will receive a full refund.  After that date there are no refunds.
Weather– The average temperatures are in the 80’s during the day and the 60’s at night. 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

Along with our visits to the museum we have also arranged a variety of tours to complete your visit to Lombard, Illinois. Don’t forget your cameras and your comfortable shoes. The tours are integrated into the program so they won’t conflict with other reunion activities.  These are optional events and require pre-registration. The tours have limited seating, so, 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 as seats will be limited. If you decide you would like to take one of our tours after you have arrived, check with the Quartermaster  Thefor availability.
Morton Arboretum-$50.00 per person
The mission of The Morton Arboretum is to collect and study trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world, to display them across naturally beautiful landscapes for people to study and enjoy, and to learn how to grow them in ways that enhance our environment.  Within an oasis of magnificent trees and beautiful landscapes, come explore 16 miles of hiking trails and nine miles of paved roads.  Experience the beauty of The Morton Arboretum’s 1,700 acres on a guided tour aboard the Acorn Express tram ride. This one-hour ride winds you through the Arboretum’s woodlands, wetlands, and prairie while listening to a narrated tour.
Chicago’s Prohibition/1920’s Tour-$36 per person (lunch on your own)
Learn about Chicago’s corruption, social upheaval and political intrigue, hear about the “real” Elliott Ness (not Hollywood’s puffed up version), and see where John Dillinger met his gruesome demise after being betrayed by the “Lady in Red” during the Bank Robber Era in the early 1930s.  The stories are real, the facts are true and we promise not to take you on a “one way ride”.   Your guide, Porkchop, is currently out on bail doing community service
Golf  Outing at Cantigny Golf– FREE Lunch at the Museum at Cantigny Park.The first 50 people to sign up play for free.  The 51st person on will be charged $50 green fees.  Cantigny Golf’s superbly maintained 27-hole championship golf course is the centerpiece of this special venue providing a “private club experience” for all ages and skill levels.  There are 20 sets of rental clubs and if you are interested please contact Ryan Arens at the Pro Shop 630-260-8134 (direct)
Arlington Race Track – $50 per person (lunch on your own /entrance fee included)
The history of Arlington International Race Track spans more than 80 years of struggles and successes. Described as “the most beautiful track in America”, Arlington began Thoroughbred racing on October 13, 1927, when more than 20,000 fans braved the cold weather to celebrate the event in high style. The track survived the Great Depression and World War II, and later flourished during the Golden Era of Racing. 1985 was a season of tragedy when a fire completely destroyed the facility. Arlington re-opened on June 28, 1989, with a new name and a new concept in Thoroughbred racing. Arlington continued to be a leader in Throughbred horse racing at the turn of the century and eventually merged with Churchill Downs Incorporated in 2000. Arlington International Racecourse, continues to provide world class Thoroughbred racing and customer service to the Chicagoland area.
Architectural Cruise – $72 per person (snacks on your own)
Explore Chicago on a 60-minute Shoreline architecture tour! Shoreline Sightseeing, established in 1939, began with one vessel offering Lake Michigan Boat Tours showcasing Chicago’s fabulous skyline. In 1996, Shoreline brought the first Water Taxis to Chicago.  All touring vessels have been custom built or custom modified to offer our passengers the highest standards of comfort and safety.The expert guides will share an insider’s glimpse into the buildings, architecture, and engineering that made Chicago famous as the birthplace of the skyscraper and home of modern American architecture. Nothing is more impressive than this world-renowned architecture as seen from the Chicago River on an architecture tour!
First Division Museum and Cantigny Park – $5 per person round trip transportation (Free lunch)
On Thursday and Friday there will be scheduled buses that will be making round trips from the hotel to Cantigny Park from 9 am to 4 pm. Reunion attendees will enjoy Cantigny Park, the First Division Museum, the McCormick Research Center (archived 1st Infantry Division photographs and documents), and our Collections Department (where we store our artifacts). Come see the museum’s historic military vehicles on display including Jeeps, a half-track, M37 Cargo Truck and more. Cantigny Park Gardens and Robert R. McCormick Museum Tours will also be available free of charge. Tours start at 10am and 1pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. More details will be available at registration. A free lunch will also be available at Cantigny park for all reunion attendees. Tickets and information will be available in your registration packet.

Wednesday, August 1 
9-12:00 & 1-5:00 pm    Quartermaster and Registration Open
9-12:00 & 1-5:00 pm     Cantigny First Division Museum Open
12:00-1:00 pm                Staff Lunch
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm          Morton Arboretum
1:30 pm                             Unit Reps Meeting (Boardroom-Lobby Level)

Thursday, August 2                                                 
7:00 am                          Golf-Meet in Lobby
9-12 & 1-5:00 pm          Quartermaster and Registration Open
9-12 & 1-5:00 pm          Cantigny First Division Museum Open
9:00 am -4:00 pm        Cantigny Museum Tour
9:30 am -3:30 pm         Prohibition and 1920’s Tour
10:00 am                        Tom meeting in the 2nd CP
12-1:00 pm                    Staff Lunch
1:00 pm                         Executive Director meeting in the 16th CP
3:00 pm                         Executive Director meeting in the ¼ CAV
5:00 pm                         Executive Director meeting in the Engineer’s CP
7:00-10:00 pm              Welcome Party (everyone is welcome)                              

Friday, August 3
7:30-8:30 am                Conflict Breakfast
8:45 am                          Unit Meetings in CP
9-12 & 1-5:00 pm         Quartermaster and Registration Open
9-12 & 1-5:00 pm         Cantigny First Division Museum Open
9:00 am – 4:00 pm      Cantigny Museum tour
9:30 am – 5:00 pm       Arlington Race Way
10:30 am                        Executive Director meeting in the 18th CP
11:30 am                         Executive Director meeting in the 28th CP
12-1:00 pm                     Staff lunch
1:00 pm                          Executive Director meeting in the 26th CP
2:00 pm                         Board Meeting (Lilac-Lobby Level)
Scholarship meeting to follow
4-6:00 pm                     Cocktail Reception for all Executive and Life Time members
Location will be posted.

Saturday, August 4
 9:00 am                         Memorial Service
10:00 am                       General Business Meeting
10-12 &1-3: 00 pm       Quartermaster and Registration Open
10-12 &1-3:00 pm        Cantigny First Division Museum Open
11:00-3:30 pm              Architectural River Cruise
12-1:00 pm                    Staff Lunch
1:00 pm                         Executive Director meeting in the HQ/Support
3:00 pm                         Executive Director meeting in the Artillery CP
6:00 pm                         Cocktails/Reception
7:00 pm                        99th Annual Reunion Banquet

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