From The Command Track
By: Allen Hathaway
2nd Quarter, 2018
Plans are being finalizing for the 32nd annual reunion to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, September 5-9. The room block is filling up quickly, so we encourage everyone to make hotel reservations soon.
There are nearly 700 Blackhorse troopers who live in the state of Michigan. Most of them are within an easy two hour drive of Grand Rapids. Hundreds of other Blackhorse troopers live in neighboring Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. The reunions are held in a different area of the country each year in order to give our troopers an opportunity to attend those closest to their home. This is an excellent opportunity for troopers in Michigan, and others across the United States, to attend a reunion. It may be several years before another reunion is held in this part of the country.
I often hear members say, "I'll attend the reunion next year" or "Someday I'll go to a reunion". The longer you put it off the more likely you won't attend a reunion. We also hear comments from those who have attended their first reunion saying that they all regret they waited so long to attend. I urge each of you to give serious consideration to attending a reunion soon.
We are pleased to announce that Donald C. (Don) Snedeker will be the guest speaker at the Saturday evening banquet and program. Don has served as the historian for our organization for many years. He has done extensive research on the history of the regiment since it was formed in 1901 and particularly during the period 1966-1972 when the regiment served in Vietnam. Don served in Vietnam from 1970-1971 and in Germany with the 11th ACR from 1974 to 1978. He is a regular contributor to Thunder Run with the "Hoofbeats" article. He attends many reunions and is responsible for the history boards on display. We look forward to hearing him speak at the reunion.
The women’s group is planning a trip to Frederik
Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park on Friday of the
reunion week. The Meijer Gardens is a 158-acre
botanical garden and outdoor sculpture park. The trip
is open to everyone. The cost is $41 per person which
includes transportation, admission to the Meijer
Gardens and lunch. Please see the article and
registration form in this issue.
The room block is filling up fast. We urge you to reserve your room as soon as possible to ensure your reservations are set. Contact old friends early so they have plenty of time to make their plans to attend. Feel free to contact any board member if you need help finding an old friend. Don't put it off another year!
Our Scholarship Fundraising activity is going
strong again this year. Donations for the annual
calendar are doing well. All expenses for printing and
mailing of the calendars are supported solely by
your donations. If you received a calendar, please
take a minute to make a donation to help pay for
printing and mailing and to help support the
Scholarship Program. Every dollar counts.
Recently, we've had a number of scholarship recipients donate to the Scholarship Fund as a way to "pay it forward". Their names are listed in this issue. We appreciate their support!
The next Scholarship Fundraising activity will be the annual raffle. Raffle tickets will be mailed to all members in mid May. We’re offering a total of $2,500 in prizes again this year so be sure to return your tickets prior to the reunion.
We also want to remind everyone to 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 auction. We welcome any item for the silent auction. Please see the separate article in this issue.
In February, I was privileged to attend the annual Regimental Spring Ball in Las Vegas. It was a great experience to be among these young, energetic Blackhorse troopers. This was a well-earned break for them from their normal duties in the desert at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin. They're very proud of our regiment and proud of their mission to train the world’s finest army.
In early April, the board members met for the mid-year meeting. This is an opportunity for the board to discuss many topics including future reunion sites, final details for the current reunion, and many other business issues of the organization.
We invite all Blackhorse troopers, family and friends to join us at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Monday, May 28, to honor our fallen comrades as we lay our Blackhorse wreath at the Wall. 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. Our memories of them will live forever. Welcome Home and ALLONS! – It’s good to be "Together Again".