Invites You to Join Your Friends for the
“EVENTS OF REMEMBRANCE AND COMMEMORATION”
OF THE 71st ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE
December 14, 15 and 16, 2015 Metropolitan Washington, DC
We are back this year by popular demand with invitations to two Embassy receptions. Luxembourg Ambassador Jean-Lois Wolzfeld has invited us to the Luxembourg Embassy, on Monday, 14 December 2015, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM and on Wednesday evening we have been invited by Belgium Ambassador, Johan Verbeke, to his residence on Wednesday, 16 December 2015 from 5:00 – 6:30 PM. We will hold our annual Battle of the Bulge Commemoration Banquet, at the DoubleTree Hilton Crystal City, on Tuesday evening, 15 December 2015, between 6:00 and 10:00 PM. Our speaker for the Banquet will be announced in the November Bulge Bugle. Our bus trip this year on the 15th of December will be to National Archives Museum to view the Charters of Freedom and their Public Vaults Exhibit. The DoubleTree Hotel Crystal City by Hilton, 300 Army-Navy Drive, in Arlington VA 22202 has been selected again, with its panoramic view of our Nation’s Capital. This hotel, just off Route 1, in Crystal City, is a 7 minute drive from Reagan National Airport and a 2 City block walk to the Pentagon City Metro Station and the Pentagon Mall. It provides easy access to Washington DC and has just finished major renovations to the entire hotel for great accommodations. We have managed a reduced rate of $119.00, single or double occupancy, plus taxes, for the evenings of 14th, 15th and 16th December 2015, which is the start of the business week and for those who want to stay up to two days after. For those who want to come in earlier, to relax or enjoy Washington, on the weekend, a $99.00 plus taxes rate for the evenings of the 12th and 13th of December 2015 has been arranged. Check-in time is 4:00 PM however, any guest checking in after 12 noon will be able to do so for no charge, based on the rooms availability. For those driving we have managed a reduced self-parking rate of $10 per night from their normal $27.00 per night rate. We have blocked 35 rooms so it is imperative to make hotel reservations immediately. For room reservations, please call the DoubleTree Reservations (1-800-Hiltons) or 703-416-4100 by December 6, 2015. Mention the BATTLE OF THE BULGE for this special rate.
▪MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2015
2:00 PM – 9:00 PM Registration & Hospitality Room open – Harrison/Jackson Room – Receive Registration Packets with name badges, Banquet/bus tickets. Sign Attendance Books. (If you are only attending the Banquet, (on the 15th this year) you may pick up your tickets at the Hotel by the Washington Room by 6:00 PM Dec 15th.)
3:00 PM – 11:00 PM Hospitality Room/Exhibits, Books, scrapbooks, memorabilia, snacks & beverages open everyday. Kent Menser, BOB Vice-President and John Bowen, BOB Treasurer will be the hosts.
3:30 PM We will be having our traditional Tree Trimming Ceremony “Salute to Bulge Veterans” in the Harrison Hospitality Room. Bulge veterans who are attending should send us a WWII picture of you for the tree.
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Bus leaves at 5:30 PM for Luxembourg Embassy Reception, downtown Washington, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
▪TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Load buses and depart promptly at 9:30 AM for National Archives, Constitution Ave, Washington DC.
10:30 AM We will visit the National Archives Museum and view their Public Vaults exhibit, special exhibit on Prohibition as well as the Charters of Freedom in the Rotunda and the Magna Carta.
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM We will travel to Union Station for lunch on your own at the variety of eateries and restaurants there and shopping at the Mall in Union Station.
2:30 PM Return to DoubleTree Hotel to rest and prepare for our annual commemorative Banquet.
5:00 PM Hospitality Room Closed till after Banquet.
6:00 – 10:00 BANQUET AT THE DOUBLETREE CRYSTAL CITY HOTEL, WASHINGTON RM, (Lobby).
6:00 PM Social Hour/Cash Bar. Seated for Dinner at 6:45 PM.
7:00 PM Color Guard & Honors.
7:15 PM Dinner served: Apple Brandy Pork Tenderloin OR Chicken Piccata
Program: Greetings from Dignitaries, Person of the Year Award, Speaker.
10:00 PM Hospitality Room open
▪WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2015
8:45 AM – 12:30PM Bus loads 8:45 AM leaves Hotel promptly at 9:00 AM for Wreath layings at World War II Memorial, large VBOB Memorial, and Tomb of the Unknowns and changing of the Guard.
12:30 PM Return to DoubleTree Hotel for annual VBOB Luncheon in Windows Over Washington.
1:00 PM Lunch 14th Floor of hot soup, Grilled Chicken or Smoked Turkey sandwich, beverage and dessert.
Swearing-in of new National VBOB officers for 2016.
4:00 PM – 7:30 PM Bus leaves at 4:00 PM for Belgium Ambassador Residence, Washington DC, Reception from 5:00 – 6:30
Notes: ¤ Free Airport shuttle provided by the DoubleTree Hotel every half hour, 3 miles from Reagan Washington National Airport.
¤ Free Shuttle from DoubleTree every hour on the half hour to METRO: Pentagon City (Blue/Yellow Line) and to Pentagon City Mall.
¤ Skydome Lounge for dinner, the area’s only revolving rooftop lounge, for a spectacular view of Washington at night.
¤ Early departure: If your reservation plans change, please advise hotel at or before check-in of any change in your reserved planned length
of stay to avoid an early departure fee (currently $75.00) for checking out before your agreed upon reserved length. Any special
circumstances of Early Departure Waivers will be on a case by case basis and depending on the severity of the situation. 09/23/15
Seq # ______ Chk # __________ Date __________ Amt _________
“REMEMBRANCE AND COMMEMORATION”
OF THE 71st ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE
December 14, 15, and 16, 2015 Metropolitan Washington, DC
Return form and check by December 6, 2015 to: Questions:
Battle of the Bulge Historical Foundation, Inc. John D. Bowen, 301-384-6533
PO Box 4546 E-Mail:
Silver Spring MD 20914-4546
Name: ______________________________________________ Telephone _________________Cell _____________________
Name of Spouse/Guests: ___________________;____________________;______________________;____________________
Address: ______________________________________ City: __________________________ State: ________ ZIP: __________
Battle of Bulge Unit You Served With: __________________________________________________________________________
E-Mail Address: ________________________________________________________ Do you have a WWII Pictures to send us?
If you haven’t before?
RESERVATIONS: Number Attending Cost/Person Total
Registration Fee: Provides for Badges, Programs, Hospitality, Toasts, etc ______________X $30.00 $____________
MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2015
4:00 PM Tree Trimming Ceremony Harrison Room _____________X FREE
5:45 PM Bus to Luxembourg Embassy Reception ____________X $25.00 $____________
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015:
Chartered Bus: To National Archives & Union Station ______________X $30.00 $____________
9:30 AM Bus Leaves for National Archives
Commemorative Banquet, DoubleTree Hotel Crystal City ______________X $59.00 $____________
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Please make your Main Course selection(s):
- Apple Brandy Pork Tenderloin _______________ (Names)_____________)
- Chicken Piccata _______________ (Names)_____________)
- Diabetic Meal _______________ (Names)_____________)
Seating is assigned. Plan ahead with your friends to be seated at the same table. Tables are Rounds of 8. Please indicate
friends with whom you would like to sit: _____________________________________________________________
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2015:
Chartered Bus: Wreath Layings VBOB Memorials, Tomb of ______________X $25.00 $____________
Depart 9:00 AM Unknowns & WWII Memorial
09:00 – 12:00 AM Wreath Laying Ceremonies: Number Attending: ____________
1:00 PM VBOB Luncheon at DoubleTree Hotel Chicken ________X $30.00 $____________
Turkey ________X $30.00 $________ ___
4:00 PM Bus to Belgium Ambassador Residence Reception ________________X $25.00 $____________
(Note change in Time from Last Bugle – Reception will be from 5:00 to 6:30 PM
GRAND TOTAL (Enclose check made out to BoBHF 2015 Commemoration): $____________
NOTE: Checks will not be deposited until 1 Dec 2015 so you can register now.
Permission granted for Hotel to notify BoB Historical Foundation that room reservation has been made.
NOTES & REMINDERS: Banquet Dress: Business suit/black tie optional (miniature medals encouraged) or military dress uniform
Room reservations must be made for the DoubleTree Crystal City directly, by December 6, 2015 Telephone (1-800-Hiltons) or .
Return completed Reservation Form for events to BOB Historical Foundation ASAP but no later than 6 December 2015.
No cancellation refunds after December 6, 2015. Hotel Reservations based on Availability. Please do not delay.
Please indicate in all places the number & names attending so that we can be advised of the proper number to plan. Thanks!
***PLEASE BRING A PICTURE ID (Drivers License, Passport, Mil ID) for the Washington area*** 09/23/15