From The Command Track
By: Allen Hathaway
2nd Quarter, 2017
Plans are being finalized for the 32nd annual reunion in Orlando, Florida, on September 6-10, 2017. Reunions are a great place to renew old friendships and to make new friends. Once again this promises to be an outstanding reunion and an opportunity to be with others who served with the Blackhorse Regiment.
The Rosen Centre Hotel is a beautiful hotel located near many of the popular attractions in the Orlando area. Many of those attending have planned to arrive a few days early in order to combine the reunion with a visit to some of the Central Florida attractions.
We expect another large turn-out for this reunion, estimated now at 1,100 or more. Approximately 90% of the 600 room block has been filled. The hotel will continue to take reservations beyond the 600 room block as long as rooms are available BUT you should reserve your room as soon as possible.
The fundraising activity for our Scholarship Program are strong again for 2017. The first of three fundraisers was our annual calendar mailed last December. The next two activities are the annual raffle and silent auction. Raffle tickets will be mailed to all members in May. We're offering some great prizes again this year so be sure to return your tickets prior to the reunion.
Start thinking of items for the silent auction. The auction is always a fun and interesting part of the reunion. We have many talented people in the organization and they always come through for the silent auction. Please see the separate article in this issue.
On February 2, 2017, the 11th Cavalry celebrated it's 116 birthday! Blackhorse troopers at Fort Irwin formed up and sang Happy Birthday followed by the Regimental Song. Meanwhile at Arlington National Cemetery, Blackhorse veterans laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Our regiment has a long and distinguished history, and each of you helped write that history.
We had several new members join following the "Are You A Member" article in our February 2017 issue of Thunder Run. Some had been on our mailing list for 25 years or more. Welcome Home!
We also helped several members reconnect with old friends. The most difficult part of helping is to remember the full and complete names of those friends. Many had nicknames, others only known by last name. There are sever hundred rosters on our website that can be used as references. If you are looking for someone, go to the website and find a roster for your unit and time frame. Search through the names to see if you recognize anyone. You can also post a note on both of our website bulletin boards. Give as much information as you remember. We encourage everyone to read the bulletin boards frequently. Also, feel free to contact me or any board members and we will try to put you in contact and old friend.
Beginning with the August issue of Thunder Run, Pete Walter, our vice president, will become the new Thunder Run editor.
We are always looking for YOUR stories to publish in Thunder Run. I've heard many interesting stories over the years, we just need to get them written down and submitted! Humorous stories are always popular. Sent your articles to Pete Walter, contact information on page 3.
Stay up-to-date on all activities of our organization by checking our website and Facebook page.
We invite all Blackhorse troopers, family and friends to honor our fallen comrades on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, as we lay our Blackhorse wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on that day. If you’re not able to attend, take a moment wherever you may be and remember our comrades-in-arms. They shall not be forgotten. Their memory will live forever. ALLONS! – It’s good to be "Together Again".