BUSMVA REUNIONS

This page is dedicated to a review of past reunions and a glimpse at plans for future reunions.

Berlin is our reunion destination every four years. We were there in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. The Steglitz International Hotel, which is convenient to downtown shopping and easy access to both the U-bahn and S-bahn stations, is our host sites every reunion. We normally have an add-on tour after the reunion, in 2014 it was a trip to Bavaria.

The years between our Berlin reunions we host the reunions in the areas of eastern, western and central U.S. All of our reunions in the U.S. feature a “Dancing Bear Club”, which is a large room dedicated to providing a gathering place for our members and guests. We have tables and bulletin boards for members to post photos, albums and other items of Berlin memorabilia. The opening night of our reunion is a plated dinner hosted by BUSMVA. The final night is a dinner/dance and is a function that members wear a coat and tie. Many of the members wear tux or their dress blues. We normally have tour activities on three days of the reunion and the remainder of the time is spent in the Dancing Bear Club or activities of your own choosing. The important fact is that nobody is a stranger for very long. Being a former Berliner makes you a distinct member of a very special fraternity. People discover old comrades and make new friends.

 


FUTURE REUNIONS:

ALL ABOARD FOR BUSMVA REUNION 2015
CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE

Important Dates:

Early Registration:
May 31 (Sunday)

Registration & Welcome Dinner:
June 1 (Monday)

Activities:
June 2-3 (Tuesday - Wednesday)

Farewell Dinner & Business Meeting:
June 4 (Thursday)

Depart:
June 5 (Friday)

DEADLINE FOR REUNION REGISTRATION:
APRIL 30, 2015
No walk ins; no refunds after April 30.

Lodging:
Reunion Central is the Marriott Chattanooga at the Convention Center, Two Carter Plaza, Chattanooga, TN. We have a special BUSMVA rate of $119 a night for a king or two double beds. The hotel is providing free WIFI internet ($6.95/day value) and self parking ($12.00/day value) for our group. Do not delay, make your reservations now. Reserve by calling 423.756.0002 and request “Berlin US Military Veterans” rate or link to our special reservation page at BUSMVA 2015 Marriott. Final deadline for hotel reservations is May 2, 2015. The hotel will honor our special room rate for 3 days prior and 3 days after our reunion.

Travel:
Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) is 11 miles from the hotel. The Marriott is offering us a special rate of $15 (savings of $10) one way transportation to and from the airport. Reservations in advance are required. The average taxi fare is $25 one way. Nashville Airport is 150 miles from Chattanooga and Atlanta Airport is 120 miles. Highway 27 and Interstate 24 are easy access to the hotel.

Reunion Special Activities:

Both Welcome and Farewell Dinners will be plated, sit down dinners, and you will have your choice of two different entrees for the Farewell Dinner. Be prepared to choose your entrée with your reunion registration.

Tuesday, June 2 will be a half day of group activities with a visit to the National Military Cemetery and a Memorial Ceremony for our members who have fallen since our last reunion. We will then enjoy a City Orientation Tour with our guides telling us how to cheaply and easily get around town, and take in the sights of the Bluff View Art District, the North Shore, and the Chattanooga Choo Choo. You will learn some Cherokee and industrial history that will be surprising. We will return to the hotel in time for lunch on your own. The afternoon and evening are free for DIY (Do It Yourself) tours and unit activities. The Dancing Bear Club will be open.

Wednesday, June 3 will be a full day of adventure, remembering history and honoring the Soldiers who fought in the Civil War. We will start the day with a ride up America’s Steepest Mile on the Incline Railway to the top of Lookout Mountain. Our tour guides will entertain us with tales about the “Battle of Chattanooga” from the beautiful Point Park. We will then travel to the Gordon-Lee Mansion, built in 1847, used by both armies during the Civil War, and survived. We will enjoy a buffet lunch in the garden of the Mansion and then tour the Mansion. We will continue our step back in time with a tour of the Chickamauga Battlefield, the first National Battlefield created in the U.S. We will return to the hotel for dinner on your own and the Dancing Bear Club to share your war stories.

Thursday, June 4 our last day, will begin with the Business Meeting at 10 am. You have time for shopping and DIY tours until about 3 pm. Rob from Classic Imaging will be with us again to take your photos for your Holiday gifts and for our Reunion Memory Book. Our Farewell Dinner is a formal attire event. Wear your tuxedo, suit, fancy dresses for this special evening. Veterans – this is a time to wear your ribbons and medals with pride. Our dinner will be followed by an evening of music and dancing.

Dancing Bear Club – will be open Monday, June 1 through the membership meeting on Thursday, June 4. The Marriott will generously allow us to bring in our own beverages and dry snack foods. We are seeking fun couples to act as hosts/hostesses for the Dancing Bear Club. Please let me know if you want to help out.

DIY (Do It Yourself) Lots of adventures await you and your families: Ruby Falls, Rock City, Aquarium and IMAX theatre, River Gorge Explorer High Speed Boat Tour, Lookouts Baseball Game, Zip Lining, Rafting on Ococe River, Tandem Hang Gliding, Hunter Museum of American Art.

Do it now – put it on your calendars – make reservations at the hotel – check out flights or driving time - talk to your friends and comrades – do not miss this special reunion in one of the top 45 places to go in the world. Come see the Scenic City which is one of America’s top 5 summer adventures.

Reunion Facebook Page will be updated shortly. Post your photos and memories of our 2014 Reunion Celebration in Berlin to share with everyone.

https://www.facebook.com/BUSMVABerlinReunon

 

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