More than 350 veterans and guests of the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines (Vietnam Veterans) reunited in San Diego this past week for their bi-annual reunion. The host hotel was the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, a 32-acre resort-style property located in the heart of San Diego’s Mission Valley.
The group advertises a five-night reunion packed with tours, but still allowing plenty of time to hang out in the hospitality room swapping old war stories with fellow comrades. On Wednesday, 100+ people went aboard the USS Midway on San Diego’s downtown waterfront to see exhibits and restored aircraft, followed by free time for lunch and shopping at nearby Seaport Village. Thursday and Friday, veterans were transported back in time to visit bases where most once trained. Camp Pendleton treated close to 150 of our visitors to a military briefing, rifle demos, and lunch in the Mess Hall. On Friday, roughly 180 of the attendees witnessed the Recruit Graduation at MCRD, followed by a sit-down lunch at Bayview Club and time at the museum. For those who had perhaps seen enough military related attractions in their time, a harbor cruise was offered with free time in Old Town on Thursday.
On Saturday, the group stayed at the hotel to attend seminars, a Memorial Service, Planning Meeting, and an Auction to raise funds for the next event in Pensacola (2018). The Banquet at the hotel for 345 people wrapped up the event on Saturday evening, with General John Admire serving as guest speaker.
Armed Forces Reunions, Inc has had the privilege of planning their reunions for many years in various cities, such as Washington, DC, Colorado Springs, Branson, and Charleston.
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