Monday, March 11, 2013

2013 Reunion Event Descriptions


To all crew members of USS ALTAIR AKS 32, regarding our upcoming reunion in New Orleans,
Event New Orleans City Tour:
Tuesday September 24th 2013

Come along with us to tour one of America's unique cities.  New Orleans has a rich history,combining European , Carribean, and African cultures to create a melting pot of interesting personalities, food, and entertainment.  It is the birthplace of jazz and boasts some of the finest food you've put on your plate.  We are offering a 3-hour tour, including the French Quarter, (Bourbon Street, St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square, Pat O'Briens, Brennan's, Cafe du Monde, and the open-air French Market.)  LAISSEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULER!  (Let the Good Times Roll!) 
The tour goes to Uptown New Orleans, the beautiful  Garden District with its stately residences.  Eli Manning, Sandra Bullock, Delta Burke, John Goodman, and Ann Rice all have homes in this area.
Other points of interest include Congo Square, where the slaves were traded, and Treme, home of many New Orleans jazz musicians.  We will make a stop at an above-ground cemetery, unique to New Orleans, full of elaborate crypts and rich in history.  Time permitting, we will also see Ward Nine, the area hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. Habitat for Humanity, Harry Connick, Jr, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been deeply involved in efforts to rebuild this area.
The narrated tour will begin from Harrahs at 8:30 AM. The auction will be held in the Hospitality Room following the buffet luncheon.
The BIG Event The National WWII Museum Tour:
Wednesday September 25th 2013

We are planning a day of enjoyment on Wednesday, 9/25/13, at the National WWII Museum.  The best prices we could get for all of us:  Round trip transportation to the Museum--$18 each;  Entrance to the museum, plus the 4D movie "Beyond All Boundaries"--$21 Seniors each and $17 each for retired military and their spouses.  "Beyond All Boundaries" was produced and narrated by Tom Hanks and Gary Sinise (Lt. Dan of Forest Gump fame) exclusively for the WWII Museum and is available nowhere else in the world.  It is the story of the Greatest Generation's journey from Pearl Harbor into the fire of epic battles to America's final victory, told in the words of the veterans themselves. 
The Stage Door Canteen will provide a buffet lunch at noon.  This will be followed at 12:45 pm by the Victory Belles, a trio reminiscent of the Andrews Sisters.  Their show, "A Salute to Our Heroes," features music from George M. Cohan and Irving Berlin.  Songs such as "The Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless the USA" will capture our patriotism, touch our hearts and stir our souls.  The Victory Belles will take us on a musical journey saluting our military and home front heroes in all eras, in all conflicts, and in all services.  
This will be an all day affair. Museum hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm. Transportation will leave Harrah's at 8:30 am and take us back to Harrah's at the end of the day.  For those wanting to visit the museum's newest exhibit, the submarine USS Tang, there is an additional charge of $5. If you are interested in visiting the Museum a second day, you may purchase tickets at the museum for $5 extra.  Come join us for a day to remember.. 
Event Banquet Dinner at Harrahs:
Thursday September 26th 2013

Please see the reservation form for meal options. We will all meet in the Hospitality room after the Banquet.

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