October 20-26, 2013
Ramada Plaza, 9700 Bluegrass Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40299
$75/night plus tax, includes breakfast. Hospitality room will be available. Double or king rooms. Rate will be available for those who wish to arrive a day it two early or stay a day or two later.
Please send $50/person by September 1 to:
507 Willowhurst Place
Louisville, KY 40223
- Here is the comprehensive update from Rick Stetson:
Just back from a great visit with John Masick where we scouted out places to visit during our reunion in Louisville, 20-26 October, 2013. Nothing like two old lurps patrolling the streets of downtown Louisville with temperatures in the 90’s, but it was well worth it as I think we have come up with a bunch of interesting things to see and do. The first thing you need to do is to let John know you are coming. Send your $50.00 per person registration fee to:
John Masick, 507 Willowhurst Place, Louisville, KY 40223
Please send your registration to John prior to September 1st as he needs to come up with a head count for activities listed below. The activities won’t necessarily be in the order listed and the prices listed might come down a bit as John is still in negotiations with some of the vendors, but this should give you an idea of what to expect when we meet in October.
Visit to downtown Louisville: The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, the Frazier Museum and the Kentucky Show. These attractions are all within easy walking distance of each other. You will know you are at the Louisville Slugger headquarters when you see the world’s largest baseball bat (120 feet tall) by the front door. Inside we can tour the factory ($10.00) where the famous bats are produced and even order a personalized bat for yourself or the baseball fan in your family. The Frazier Museum ($7.50) is known for its exhibits of American history, collections of guns, including Custer’s ivory-handled pistols and Jesse James’ revolver, the Royal Armories Gallery and the collection of over 10,000 toy soldiers. The Kentucky Show ($7.00) is a multimedia production narrated by Ashley Judd that explores Kentucky’s past and present and is highly recommended by all who have seen it.
The Belle of Louisville ($21.00). Built in 1914, the Belle is the oldest operating steamboat in the United States and a National Historic Landmark. See the sights and sounds of Kentucky as we travel up the Ohio River. If there is enough interest, we will schedule the Belle for a dinner cruise on Friday evening ($42.00 for dinner and the cruise.) Let John know when registering if you would like to go on a dinner cruise.
A trip to a factory where whiskey barrels are made and tour of Churchill Downs ($20.00) See how the whiskey barrels are manufactured and seared by flames to give whiskey its distinctive flavor (note: for safety, no open-toed shoes or sandals can be worn in the plant.) Then it is over to Churchill downs where there is a great museum where you can see what it is like to ride a race horse or even try calling a race. We will tour many of the exclusive areas of Churchill Downs and even get to stay and watch the races.
A visit to Frankfort to see the Kentucky Vietnam Memorial and the Woodford Reserve. A total of 1103 Kentuckians were KIA during the Vietnam War and they are remembered in an impressive memorial that is one of the most visited attractions in the state. The names of the deceased are arranged so that a sundial pointer puts a shadow on the name on the anniversary of the soldier’s death. The Woodford Reserve Distillery is a National Historic Landmark where guides will demonstrate how bourbon is distilled. We will see the production line for the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby and yes, there is even a sample offered at the end of the tour.
A visit to the hotels and casinos in French Lick and West Baden, Indiana. This area has been a vacation destination for generations with its historic hotels, spas, dining, tours and opportunity to play the slots or the gaming tables. The spectacular landscaping and architecture is worth the trip alone.
Saturday’s banquet is included in the registration fee and it will be one you won’t want to miss. Held at a beautiful country club with great backgrounds for our group photo, the evening banquet will feature retired MG Mike Davidson as our guest speaker. General Davidson served in Nam as a LRRP with the 1st Cav and later in his career, became the adjutant general of the Kentucky Army National Guard. He had a lot to do with the building of the Kentucky Vietnam Memorial and will join us when we visit there to give us an “inside look” as to how it was built.
The memorial service will be held Saturday morning at our reunion headquarters, The Ramada Plaza Louisville, 9700 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, KY (502-491-4830.) The rooms are $75 a night which includes breakfast each morning. There is an airport shuttle and for those driving, the motel has easy access to I-64. The hospitality room is one of the best I have seen and opens to the large, heated, indoor swimming pool. Be sure to mention E Company, 75th Rangers when making your reservations.
Sorry for the length but there is a lot of info to get out in this “op order.” In summary, your first task is to let John Masick know by Sept 1 if you will attend the reunion in October and if so, what day you expect to arrive and the activities you would like to take part in. And don’t forget to make you motel reservations well in advance so you will have a room waiting for you. Looking forward to seeing you in Louisville. RLTW!!