40 Year Deployment Reunion
Salt Lake City, Utah
June 13 to June 15, 2008
My, how time flies! Have you stopped to think it has been 40 years since the 47th deployed to the Republic of South Viet Nam? It has been nearly four years since our reunion in Beaumont, Texas. Now we are going to gather for another fun weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah. Accomodations and the Day Room for the reunion will be at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel in downtown Salt Lake. We invite you - and your family and friends - to join us at our "Deployment" Reunion!
The Hotel indicated they will honor the above reunion rates a few days before and a few days after the reunion, depending on availability. Reserve your room needs early in order to ensure getting the reunion rates if you plan to come early or stay longer.
There is plenty to see and do in and around Salt Lake. Remember, the 2002 Winter Olympic Games were held in Salt Lake. A five minute walk from the Hotel and you can stand on the spot were the awards ceremonies were held. A short ride on Trax (light rail train) to the University of Utah to the football stadium is where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies were held. Olympic Cauldron Park, next to the stadium, is the location for the Cauldron, the awards ceremonies Hoberman Arch, and the visitor's center. As part of the University, historic Fort Douglas is the location for the Olympic Village, which housed the athletes and trainers. Also, the Fort Douglas Army Museum, which has a Loach, a Huey, and an Apache as part of the display, is near by. PS, if any of you need to visit the VA hospital, it is right across the street from the University.
Close by the University is the mouth of Emigration Canyon, which the Pioneers came through. There is a lot of pioneer history at Heritage Park, where This Is The Place Monument and Pioneer Village are located. Across the street is Hogle Zoo.
One block from the Hotel is the Energy Solutions Arena, home of the NBA Utah Jazz basketball team. Abravanel Concert Hall is across the street from the Hotel. Convenient to the Hotel is a walking tour, which includes the Church Conference Center, the famed Mormon Tabernacle - home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Brigham Young's home, and the Church Art & History Museum. Free tours are available. The Joseph Smith Memorial Building has computers available where you can research your "roots" for free. And there is much more.
The newly remodeled Utah State Capitol Building has tours available and the Viet Nam Memorial is located on the Capitol grounds.
The world's largest open pit copper mine, Kennecott Copper,, is a must see. There is a visitor's center and an observation deck. Binoculars really make the pit impressive. In the pit the trucks look like tiny “match box trucks.” Up close, the trucks are huge; their wheels are approximately 10 feet in diameter. For those who fly to Salt Lake, depending on the approach to the airport, your plane may fly near the copper mine.
Park City, 45 minutes from Salt Lake City up Parleys Canyon, is an old silver mining town that is now a residential area for the rich and famous. It was the location for the Olympic ski jump, the luge, bobsleigh, and the skeleton. A tour is available. Park City is a popular tourist attraction where the group could easily spend an afternoon eating, shopping, and sight seeing. Recently, the Sundance Film Festival was held in Park City and Salt Lake. The Festival was founded by actor Robert Redford.
A possibility, if there is enough interest, would be an old fashioned hamburger and hotdog barbeque at our home in Centerville, approximately 20-25 minutes north of Salt Lake City.
This is only a small sampling of what there is to do and see in the Salt Lake area. For more information about Salt Lake City visit www.VisitSaltLake.com.
Start making your plans to come and renew acquaintances, friendships, and have a good time. If there is something you would like to see or do, let me know and I'll see what I can do to arrange it or point you in the right direction.
For the group activity on Saturday, we will visit Kennecott Copper Mine in the morning and the Olympic Park and Park City in the afternoon. That evening we will hold our group reunion dinner at the Hotel. For the barbeque, the group activities on Saturday, and the reunion dinner we will need a count of how many are participating to secure tickets, reserve transportation, and arrange for the meals. Please see the Reunion Registration Form for information on the costs of the activities.
Remember; make your Hotel reservations early for the reunion rates. I'm looking forward to seeing you there!
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|Friday, June 13, 2008|| :|
|Registration||Heritage Room||8:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Visit/Networking/Site Seeing||Heritage Room||8:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Gather for Barbeque||Hotel Lobby||5:15 PM|
|Barbeque||Leonard Home||5:30 PM|
|Visit/Networking||Heritage Room||9:00 PM - 11:00 PM|
|Saturday, June 14, 2008|
|Breakfast on your own||Choice - 8:15 AM|
|Board Bus||Front of Hotel||8:15 AM|
|Kennecott Copper Mine|| :||8:30 AM|
|Olympic Park - Box Lunch Provided||11:00 AM|
|Park City - Site Seeing/Shopping||2:45 PM|
|Board Bus - Return to Hotel||Parking Lot||4:15 PM|
|Reunion Dinner||Heritage Room||7:00 PM|
|Visit/Networking||Heritage Room||9:00 PM - 11:00 PM|
|Sunday, June 15, 2008|
|Breakfast on your own||Choice - 8:30 AM|
|Visit/Networking||Heritage Room||8:30 AM - 10:30 AM|
|Gather for Choir Broadcast||Hotel Lobby||8:15 AM|
|Tabernacle Choir Live Broadcast||LDS Conference Ctr||8:30 AM|
|Hotel Checkout||Lobby Counter||10:30 AM - 11:00 AM|
Be Happy - Enjoy the Reunion!
Hotel Cancellation Policy and Why You Should Reserve Your Room Early
If a reservation is made at the hotel and it becomes necessary to cancel it, the cancellation may be made, with no charge, up to 72 hours (3days) before 3:00 PM on the day of check-in.
If a reservation is cancelled less than 72 hours (3days) before 3:00 PM on the day of check-in, there is a one night room charge plus tax.
For the most part people know long before 3 days of check-in, if a cancellation is necessary. Occasionally, an emergency will come up less than 3 days, but that is a rarity.
There are three good reasons to make hotel reservations as soon as the decision to attend the reunion is made:
1. If a person is going to come a few days early or stay a few days longer, the Hotel will honor the reunion room rate, depending on availability. June is a very popular vacation time in Salt Lake, so to ensure the reunion room rate, it is wise to make a reservation early.
2. 45 days prior to the reunion, if there is a minimum of 15 sleeping room reservations on record at the Hotel for the 3 days of the reunion, the Hotel will comp (no charge) the room we will be using as the Day Room. This can save a lot of money.
3. If after a room reservation is made and a conflict comes up, the room reservation can be cancelled, with no charge, up to 3 days before 3:00 PM on the day of check-in.
You are encouraged to make your room reservations early, as it is a win-win situation for you, the reunion, and the Hotel. If later it becomes necessary to cancel, it can always be done.
See you there!
Salt Lake Plaza Hotel
Airlines Serving Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City Weather in June
Daytime 80s and 90s Degrees, mostly sunny
Salt Lake City Tourist Attractions - Visitors Map with location directions will be provided