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December  2006 (New Year's Eve)

Happy New Year!
This newsletter is being put up on New Year's Eve 2006 and to welcome in 2007, the year of our fourth reunion! Hopefully 2007 will be a great year for all and 

2007 USS England DLG/CG-22 Reunion 
Take the Reunion Survey Today!
To help make planning easier and to ensure you get the reunion you want, here is an opportunity for you to be heard! Take the reunion survey so we know what you want to do! Please do this today!

As of January 30, the survey is complete Thank you!

Venue Change
The venue for our 2006 reunion has changed. We will be staying at the Ramada Inn Philadelphia International Airport. The hotel offers excellent accommodations and banquet facilities! It has been recently renovated and is centrally located to numerous points of interest and will make the perfect setting for our reunion! You do not need to make reservations with the hotel at this time.  This will be done via the Reunion Registration Packets and these will be sent prior to the reunion in 2007. What you do need to do is to start planning so that you'll be there for this terrific event!

Updated details will always be found by clicking here.

History Corner – Christ Church
Christ Church in Philadelphia was established on 15 November, 1695, and for 66 years was the only Church of England parish in the city of Philadelphia. The present building was started in 1727 and completed in 1744. The tower and steeple, financed in part by lotteries managed by Benjamin Franklin was completed in 1754. The building is an outstanding example of colonial architecture in the Georgian spirit.

Christ Church was intimately associated with the men and events that brought forth our nation, and because of this it is often called 'The Nation's Church'. In this sanctuary worshipped such persons as John Penn, George and Martha Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris, Francis Hopkinson, Dr Thomas Bond and Tench Coxe.

The baptismal font in the back of the church was sent to Philadelphia in 1697 from All Hallow's Church Barking-by-the-Tower, London. It is the font in which William Penn was baptized. The Holy Communion is celebrated each Sunday on a table given by noted Philadelphia craftsman, Jonathan Gostelowe, in 1788.

Buried in the chancel of Christ Church is the Right Reverend William White, Rector of the parish for 57 years, Chaplain of the Continental Congress and first Bishop of Pennsylvania. Following the American Revolution, Bishop White was instrumental in reorganizing and revitalizing the shattered Church of England into the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. The Constitutional Convention of the Episcopal Church was held in this building in 1789.

Christ Church Burial Ground is one of America’s most interesting Colonial and Revolution-era graveyards, with 1,400 markers on two beautiful acres right in the heart of historic Philadelphia. The Burial Ground is the final resting place for some of our most prominent leaders including Benjamin Franklin and four other signers of the Declaration of Independence. 

Portions Stolen from http://www.christchurchphila.org/

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