Hotel - Reston, VA
Since the reunion was held in the nation's
capital, changes were being made, it seemed, on an hourly
basis. Thus, I made my flight to Dulles early on Thursday
in order to make the Mount Vernon trip. That was changed
to Sunday, which did not bother me, because it gave me the
entire day to spend at the Udvar Hazy Aviation Museum.
(I have decided to make this year's web page much smaller
than usual due to the amount of time it takes to build these
pages. I took over 200 photos- 87 at the Udvar-Hazy Aviation
Museum alone. Anyone wanting a CD of all my photos is welcome
to one for the cost of the CD, padded envelope and my time
to make it - $10).
Thursday, April 22, 2004
- April 23, 2004
A Guided Bus Tour of Washington, DC
of us signed up for a visit to the White House. As
it happens in Washington, the 400 allowed turned into
only 100 allowed. Luckily I was one of the 100. We
were only allowed to take in our photo ID's- no cameras
or purses, so the photos you see here are taken from
the web. These are the rooms we were allowed to view.
One of our lucky 100, Matt Dorrian, got to sleep
in the White House. He was not feeling well, and
the Secret Service agents escorted him to a private
room where the allowed him to sleep on a gorgeous
stop was the Capitol Building. The United States Capitol is
among the most symbolically important and architecturally
impressive buildings in the nation. It has housed the meeting
chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate for
two centuries. The Capitol, which was started in 1793, has
been through many construction phases. It stands today as
a monument to the American people and their government.
next stop was the World War II Memorial. Our tour guide
had decided it was to be a drive by. I decided differently.
I told him that I would stand in front of the bus and they
would have to drive over me - that we WERE stopping - that
it WAS open to visitors. So stop we did. Here are a few
of my 30 + photos.
stop before heading back to the hotel to change for our dinner
on the Potomac was Arlington National Cemetery. For me this
was a totally inspiring and holy place. We did not have time
to make it to the Tomb of the Unknowns but I walked a lot
of hallowed ground there and saw and heard a burial there
which brought tears to my eyes and sadness to my heart.
on the Potomac
evening it began to rain in bucketfuls. We had such beautiful
weather all day, that no one really cared. So off we went
back into the city for our boat rode down the Potomac at night
and dinner and we were tired and hungry!
April 24, 2004
AM the business meeting was held. I did not take any photos.
It was decided that we are definitely holding the next reunion
in Las Vegas, Ed Keyser has resigned as Association Chairman
and Millard "Lefty" Palmer is the new Chairman, Andrew Fleishmann
resigned as Director and Kapeghian Katchadoor (Cappy) is
the new Director. They also voted in the Legacy Membership
which is : Membership Criteria: 'Non-voting legacy memberships
are available to the following members of any man or woman
who served at any time in the World War II 73rd Bomb Wing:
Children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nephews and
nieces and family members may now become Legacy members.'
The Men's and Ladies' Luncheons followed. I do not have
any photos of the Men's luncheons, but have lots of the
Night was the Recognition Banquet. Since I still was not
feeling well, I went to the banquet and left immediately
following dinner. I did not hear the speaker, who I was
told was excellent. I also did not get any photos.
April 25, 2004
Sunday was the Mount Vernon tour. It included a 3 course lunch
and walking tour of the house and gardens. The weather was
perfect and it was an educational experience as well as an
enjoyable morning an afternoon! These are only some of the
many photos I have.
night was another banquet followed by the Proud Line Up, the
singing of "Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder"
and the dancing. Again, since I was not feeling my best, I
did not stay for the dancing and did not get as many photos
as I would have liked, but here are some of my best.
I would like to thank Cathy Debbrecht and her husband for
again doing a wonderful job of putting this reunion together
and making it run as smooth as possible in DC where nothing
runs smooth! The hotel did everything to make things right,
the food was excellent and I had a great time!