Although six months remain until we meet in Nashville for our India Company 50th Anniversary Reunion, there are a few matters that require your early attention, particularly hotel reservations, meal selections, and placing orders for India Company commemorative golf shirts.
Our headquarters hotel is the Holiday Inn Opryland/Airport which is located just minutes from the airport, downtown Nashville, Opry Mills Mall and local attractions. The hotel does provide complimentary shuttle service 4 times a day to the Mall, and local areas for shopping and dining,
Those flying to the reunion will go into the Nashville International Airport which is approximately three and a half miles from the hotel. The hotel provides complimentary airport shuttle service every 20 minutes from 5am to 11pm. For those driving or renting a vehicle, the hotel provides complimentary parking.
The special reunion room base rate, for single or double occupancy, is $113.00 per night, plus applicable taxes that bring the total room rate to $132.74. Rooms have coffee makers, hair dryers, ironing boards and irons, telephones with data ports and voice mail, plus additional amenities.
The hotel also offers a state of the art fitness room, indoor pool, 24 hour Business Center, and the Atrium Tiki Bar, Ivories Lounge, and Jackson’s Veranda as relaxing venues for food and beverages.
Room reservations should be made as soon as practical by calling 1-866-871-1171 and mentioning that you are with Marines of India Company Reunion. The cut-off date for reunion room reservations is August 23. Check-in time is 3:00pm and Check-out time is 12:00 noon. The special rate is good three days prior and three days after our official reunion dates of September 22nd, 23rd & 24th.
In addition to making your room reservations directly with the hotel, you should mail your meal selection(s) and shirt order(s) directly to me at your earliest opportunity as both have lead time requirements.
There are three meal choices for our banquet; Chicken (marinated and seared chicken breast topped with a white wine sauce), Salmon (oven poached fresh Atlantic salmon topped with a lemon-ginger butter sauce or sweet chili glaze),
or Vegetarian (chef’s choice vegetarian meal).
For your convenience, I have enclosed a meal and shirt order form. Even if you may not be able to come to the reunion, and we hope everyone will make it, you should consider ordering one of the shirts. I guarantee you’ll like it and be proud to wear it!
Other than our first India Company reunion, this 50th Anniversary Reunion of our 1966 tour of duty in Vietnam will be the most important and meaningful gathering of our India Brothers, relatives and special guests. We hope that all of our India Family members are able to come together in Nashville. Those who cannot will be with us in thought and prayer.
As some of you may know, the organizers of the 3/5 reunion chose to hold their reunion in the same hotel and on the same dates as we had established for our India Company reunion. We are delighted they did as it will make our gathering much more meaningful. It will be great to again be in their company, especially those who provided support and came to our aid on Hill 362 during Operation Hastings. We not only owe them our everlasting gratitude, but perhaps our very lives.
There are several other special items and events I am working on for our India Company reunion. I will provide more information in future mailings.
Lastly, if there is anyone of our India family who needs some form of help getting to or participating in any part of our reunion, please let me know. All contacts and requests will be kept confidential. Call me at 717-763-8832 or email me at email@example.com.