The 68th reunion of the 87th Infantry Division Legacy Association will be held October 19th through 22nd, 2017, at the Columbia, SC, downtown Marriott Hotel. Early Bird arrivals may occur on Thursday the 19th with an open Hospitality room and registration but no major events.
This will mostly be an “on-campus” event, but we are currently scheduling a tour at Ft. Jackson on Friday the 20th for those who will be settled in on Thursday. This will involve bus transport to Ft. Jackson, a brief base tour, a visit to the base museum and the 87th ID Historic Marker. A luncheon is planned at the NCO Club and then a visit to the Base Chapel where we will hold our Memorial Program on Friday instead of Saturday. This visit should last from approximately 10:30am until 2:30 or 3:00pm. The Acornette Tea will be held back at the Hotel around 3:45, with the evening social hour and Mixer Dinner that evening.
A major request at this time is for everyone from here on who plans to attend the Ft. Jackson tour to let us know as soon as possible so we can have a good idea of number of buses needed for transport. Also, let us know if you have a handicap issue that we will need to address. Please email Tom Burgess at firstname.lastname@example.org with this information.
Saturday we will have a morning and afternoon Educational Forum after the General Business Meeting, and the banquet will follow that evening. Departures will be on Sunday, October 22nd.
The formal itinerary will be forthcoming in the summer GAN-LE and on the website.
The most convenient way to make your room reservation at the discounted rate of $119.00 (plus 14% tax,) is directly with Marriott reservations at 1 (800) 593-6465 or you can also reserve online at Book your group rate for 87th Infantry Division.
However you make the reservation, in order to receive the discounted rate, it is important to let them know you are a member of the 87thIDLA. The hotel will also offer rooms at the discounted rate for those who might be interested in exploring the area and or staying on with family if you come early or stay later. In this case you would need to contact Carla Robinson, Sales Manager, Marriott Columbia Downtown, 803-744-6920 directly to get the discounted rates subject to availability. Our total room block runs from October 18th until October 22nd and will be held until September 27, 2017, or until it is full, whichever comes first.
As usual, we have a lovely hospitality room which we will be able to stock with beverages and snacks. Although the airport is a short ride away, the hotel does not offer complementary shuttle services. The Legacy Board has decided to reimburse any veteran or acornette for airport transfer expenses if they arrive by air in order to compensate for this slight inconvenience. Parking at the facility is free (included in the room rate) and the parking deck is handicap accessible to the hotel.
Dennis Lennon, Legacy A/B-347
Tom Burgess, A-345