Rich history and culture, plenty of close military ties, easy to travel to and from, an abundance of activities and group tours available, southern charm, and a quaint waterfront. Savannah has long been a favorite destination for military reunion groups for all these reasons and more.
It has always been a city rich in history and culture, and has America’s finest ‘living’ collection of eighteenth and nineteenth century buildings. Discover Savannah’s garden-like public squares, the crown jewels of General Oglethorpe’s planned city. Beautiful streets and squares reveal more than 250 years of history, displayed in exquisite ironwork, ancient cobblestones, splendid mansions, and picturesque cottages. On the waterfront you will discover cobblestone-paved Factors Walk and River Street, where old cotton warehouses have been converted into shops, taverns, restaurants, and museums. Visit historic Tybee Island, Savannah’s quiet beach community and stop at the Tybee Island Lighthouse and Museum. Not just for the historian, everyone will enjoy the refreshing ocean breezes while viewing the natural beauty and coastal wildlife. Visit Old Fort Jackson, Georgia’s oldest standing brick fortification and a National Historic Landmark, with cannon firings and daily interactive programs.
Many reunion groups go to Savannah for the tourism and southern beach vibes that make it more vacation-like. It can be easy to forget about your military ties with so much to see and do. Although you can’t name a major base that calls Savannah home, there’s a draw for groups of every branch of service in the area.
Army veterans? Hunter Army Airfield is in the heart of Savannah and supports the 3rd Infantry Division at nearby Fort Stewart. Hunter Army Airfield features a nearly 12,000-foot-long runway and over 350 acres for aircraft. It’s also home to airmen, coast guardsmen of CG Air Station Savannah, and marines. If you’re planning on a return to old stomping grounds at Fort Stewart, Savannah would be the place to host the reunion.
Speaking of Marines, Savannah is one of the most popular reunion destinations in the country. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is just under an hour away where they “Make Marines”. Many times, reunions are about returning to your roots, what a better place to return to than where you were Made A Marine?
Served in the Air Force? The most famous air force unit ever was activated here in 1942. The Eighth Air Force left Savannah for the United Kingdom in the spring of 1942, where they led the offensive operations against Nazi-occupied Europe. Today, The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum features over 90,000 sq ft of exhibits, interactive displays, historical artifacts, and a fabulous collection of aviation art. This is a must-see for groups from every branch.
You Navy vets may opt for nearby Charleston when looking for a southern coastal destination. It’s hard to ignore Patriot’s Point and Ft. Sumter. You won’t find a fleet of vessels in Savannah, but what you will find is a rich naval and maritime history that’s hard to top. If you’re looking for a new destination rather than returning to the same handful, Savannah is a perfect one to start with.
There’s something for every reunion group in Savannah. Maybe the most important part about Savannah is with so much tourism available, getting permission from the spouses to attend should be a piece of cake!
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