The Reunion survey told us a lot about what you’d like in the reunion
coming up in March. Thank you to every one how participated. The numbers
show that we’ll have a good turnout for this reunion! I will make this
data available to MLRS and together we’ll try to get at much of it as you
requested as possible into our event. Clear majorities favored a farewell
breakfast over breakfast for all three days, a DJ for Saturday night and
preferences for Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, USS New Jersey and
Valley Forge. A formal event for Saturday was favored by 56% of the
respondents who indicated a desire to attend. Only 19% indicated they
cannot attend or are not likely to attend. That means 81% want to be in
Philadelphia in June!
and I will work to try to cover the reunion as you have requested. Though
making it all happen cannot be guarantees, we now have a clear view of
what to do!
were a few questions asked as we can clear up the major ones.
kids come? Yes, kids can come to the events and we've had children at
all aspects of the reunions in the past. That said, sometimes kids get a
little bored listening to sea stories, so please plan some things for them
will the reunion cost? The costs should be comparable to past
reunions, though every year inflation does impact things. Just as in the
past, you'll be able to customize your reunion participation to control
the experience and costs. In a few months when the reunion packets are
ready, we'll know more. You will use those packets to reserve your room
and decide what events you'd like to attend. I can tell you the
number one complaint I hear after reunions is from people who wish they'd
participated more, so I encourage you to join all the fun!
other events be scheduled for Thursday? If you are arriving early and
would like to tour the Philadelphia area, you are encouraged to do so but
you'll need to make those arrangements on your own. MLRS will be able to
add on extra days for the hotel reservations for you.
the reunion go to Gettysburg? Gettysburg is quite far from
Philadelphia and will not be part of the reunion. However, you are
encouraged to visit the site of the Army of the Potomac's victory under
General George Gordon Mead over The Army of Northern Virginia under
General Robert E. Lee. The history of this place in our Civil War is
important and very interesting.
comes the part where we need you, every one of you, to help with this
reunion. How? By getting out there and finding your shipmates, getting
them into the one line crew, letting us get a reservation packet to them
and finally by getting them to attend!!! Please, if each of you found just
one shipmate and 80% of them showed up, we would have the most successful
reunion of which I am aware for our DLG/CGs. Please, start finding them
Reunion Speakers and Help
This is an early call for officers and crew who’d like to speak at the
reunion to let that desire be known. You can help by having a full speech
prepared or by doing something shorter such as leading us in reciting the
pledge of allegiance. We can use help in all areas!
Maybe you can help by brining flags from you Legion
Post, items for display, pictures or something else. It will
be great to see everyone again but it will be even better to have more
folks have a roll in making this the best event to date! Contact
Dennis [(714)-961-6840] if you can help.
USS England Web Site
We are retiring the old server on which USS England and a number of other
sites resided until this month. USS England,
both the DLG/CG and DE635 has moved to a new home!
There may be some restructuring to make later upgrades easier to
accomplish but the base portal URL will be the same (http://www.ussengland.net)
and will redirect users to
http://www.ussengland.org. I am still working on the structure
but it will likely result in the retiring of the old forum
(already done) and the Deck Log (we’ll keep the
Deck Log data someplace). These will be merged into a more up to date
system that will help you find your shipmates and communicate more easily.
Look for changes to start occurring over the next few
months. The DLG/CG-22 site will be getting a new
look and hopefully bring in more people to learn of the history and to
reunite with shipmates! There is a possibility of some down time or
features shut down temporarily but we’ll try to keep that to a minimum.
Slater DE766 As you have read here before, there is a WWII era Destroyer Escort in
Albany New York. It is maintained by a group of volunteers and offers
tours, a reunion site and more! Maintaining the ship is an all year task
and finding parts has taken a lot of work! However, they have done it and
continue to do so. On behalf off USS ENGLAND DE-635 and DLG/CG-22 two WWII
battle lanterns are going to be sent to the USS Slater this month. This is
a small contribution compared to what they need but we have these and they
need a home. A current list of items wanted can be found here
and full details about the ship can be found here
http://www.ussslater.org/. If you
can help with a donation, information, a little time chipping paint or
anything, please step up.