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461st Bombardment Group (H)

2014 Reunion

Date - Thursday, September 18 to Sunday, September 21

Oklahoma City, OK

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Wyndham Garden Oklahoma City Airport

2101 South Meridian Avenue

Oklahoma City, OK  73108

Wyndham Garden Oklahoma City Airport

The hotel website is:

Wyndham Garden Oklahoma City Airport

Room rates are $89 plus tax and includes up to two full, hot breakfast buffet coupons per room. One bedroom suites are available at a rate of $119 plus tax.  Group room rate is good for three days prior to and three days after the Reunion.  Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly (recommended) at (405) 685-4000 and mention the Bomb Group Reunion booking code to receive the group rate.  There is no charge for children eighteen year of age and younger provided they share the same room as their parents.

Reservations need to be made no later than 5:00 PM (CST) September 1, 2014 to receive the group rate. Reservations will be accepted after that date at the group rate as long as rooms are available, but no guarantees are made after September 1st. PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY. Should it become necessary, you can cancel your reservation at any time WITHOUT penalty.

In honor of our reunion with them, the Wyndham has created a special page on their website where we can register.  Feel free to visit Bomb Group Reunion for an easy way to make your reservation.

Parking is plentiful and free.

Airport shuttle to the Will Rogers World Airport is free and operates 24/7. The airport is three miles south of the hotel.

Pets up to twenty-five pounds are welcome with a $75 non-refundable fee.

**PLEASE NOTE: Reservations may be cancelled up to 4:00 PM the day of arrival with no penalty so please reserve your room now to make it easier on our planners.  Should the need to cancel arise, that can be done with NO PENALTY.

IMPORTANT:  PLEASE READ AND HEED
DO NOT CONFUSE our hotel with the Wyngate by Wyndham at 2001 S. Meridian Ave., which is one-half block north of us.  It is easy to confuse the two as they are located very close together and are on the same side of the street.
MAKE SURE YOU RESERVE YOUR ROOM WITH AND SEEK TRANSPORTATION WITH THE WYNDHAM GARDEN OKLAHOMA CITY AIRPORT HOTEL LOCATED AT 2101 SOUTH MERIDIAN AVENUE.

2014 Reunion Expenses Paid for 461st Veterans!

The 461st Association has enjoyed a very healthy cash position for many years now. The 461st Board of Directors has decided once again that the 461st Bomb Group Association will pay the cost for veterans only of the 461st to include: Registration fee, Squadron Dinner, Group Banquet and the Farewell Dinner. The only cost to the 461st veterans will be the hotel room itself and the tours.


Itinerary

Thursday, 18 September 2014 - Arrival and Check-in.

The registration desk will be open all day outside the hospitality room in the hotel atrium.  Heavy snacks will be available in the hospitality room but meals are on your own.  There are several restaurants nearby and, of course, the hotel restaurant will be open.  An informational meeting will be held at 7:00 PM in the Aspen ballroom.

Friday, 19 September 2014 – Tinker Air Force Base & 45th Infantry Museum

We will depart the hotel at 9:00 AM for a bus tour of Tinker Air Force Base, followed by lunch at the Cimarron Steak House.  After lunch, we will tour the 45th Infantry Museum, which houses a superb collection of military memorabilia as well a wonderful collection of original Bill Maulden cartoons.  We will return to the hotel by about 3:00 PM.  Social hour before supper will begin at 6:00 PM with a cash bar in the common area near the banquet rooms.  Individual group dinners will be served at 7:00 PM in three neighboring banquet rooms.

Saturday, 20 September 2014 – Tour of OKC and National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

We will depart the hotel at 9:00 AM for a highly regarded bus tour “See OKC” which traces the story of Oklahoma City from its spirited beginnings.  Tour stops include downtown, the iconic Bricktown district, historic Stock Yards City, the Land Run Monument, historic Heritage Hills residential area and State Capitol building.  A tasty buffet lunch at the National Western Heritage and Cowboy museum, America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture, is next on the agenda and then a tour of the museum.  For our return to the hotel, at 3:00 PM, we will be escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders who will then honor and welcome our veterans as we depart the motor coaches.  Members of the Oklahoma City Chapter of The Tuskegee Airmen will join us beginning with lunch and continuing through supper to visit with those they escorted on missions.  Social hour before supper begins at 6:00 PM with a cash bar in the common area near the banquet rooms.  The combined groups’ banquet will be served at 7:00 PM in the Aspen Ballroom.  Oklahoma’s favorite son “Will Rogers” aka Dr. Doug Watson will entertain us with his folksy humor after supper.

Sunday, 21 September 2014 – Memorial Breakfast and optional tour of Oklahoma National Memorial

We will take time to remember those who didn’t make it home from Italy and those we’ve lost in the past twelve months at the Memorial Service beginning at 9:00 AM in the Aspen Ballroom.  We will depart the hotel at Noon for lunch at The Spaghetti Warehouse in the Bricktown area of downtown.  Next is a guided tour of the Oklahoma National Memorial and a self-guided tour of the Oklahoma National Memorial Museum, commemorating the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building.  This is a very powerful, sobering tour and should not be missed.  We will return to the hotel by 4:00 PM.  Social hour before supper will begin at 6:00 PM with a cash bar in the common area near the banquet rooms.  The Farewell dinner will be served at 7:00 PM in the Aspen Ballroom.

Make your plans now to attend.

Also please make your hotel reservations early in order to make it easier on your planners.  These reservations can be cancelled without penalty should the need arise later on.  Early reservations help us know how to adjust our room block as the time draws nearer.

You are also encouraged to get your registration form in as soon as it becomes available.  There will be a copy of this form in the June 2014 Liberaider and a copy will be posted here as soon as a few more details are worked out.  Again, you can register early and if it becomes necessary, you can cancel later and receive a full refund.

If you have questions, call Dave Blake at (913) 523-4044

or E-Mail: reunion@461st.org

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Reunion Registration Form

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REUNION 2013 WAS A FANTASTIC SUCCESS!!

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Past Reunions

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Sheraton Hotel, Omaha, NE  2013 - Omaha, NE
The 461st and 484th had a joint reunion in Omaha, NE this year.  Link is a very large file.
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Radisson, Indianapolis, IN 2012 - Indianapolis, IN
The 461st and 484th had a joint reunion in Indianapolis, IN this year
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Bloomington 2011 - Bloomington, MN
The 461st and 484th had a joint reunion in Bloomington, MN this year.
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Chicago, IL 

2010 - Chicago, IL

The 461st went to Chicago, IL for its reunion this year.

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Radisson Hotel

2009 - Tulsa, OK

The 461st went to Tulsa, OK for its reunion this year.

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USAF Museum 

2008 - Dayton, OH

The 461st returned to Dayton, OH for another visit to the Air Force Museum in October 2008.

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St. Louis, MO 

2007 - St. Louis, MO

The 461st had yet another fantastic reunion in St. Louis, MO in September 2007.

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Seattle, WA 

2006 - Seattle, WA

The 461st had a great reunion in Seattle, WA in October 2006.

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Washington, DC 

2005 - Washington, DC

The 461st had a fantastic reunion in Washington, DC in October 2005.

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Louisville, KY 

2004 - Louisville, KY

In Louisville, the 461st visited Churchill Downs, took a cruise on the river and visited a horse farm.

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San Diego, CA 

2003 - San Diego, CA

San Diego in October is great and a fantastic reunion as well.

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Baltimore, MD 

2002 - Linthicum, MD

From this convenient spot, we were able to tour Baltimore and the waterfront.

Las Vegas, NV  2001 - Las Vegas, NV
Shreveport, LA  2000 - Shreveport, LA

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Omaha, NE  1999 - Omaha, NE
Boston, MA  1998 - Boston, MA

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Nashville, TN  1997 - Nashville, TN

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Salt Lake City, UT  1996 - Salt Lake City, UT

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Miami, FL  1995 - Miami, FL

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Hampton, VA  1994 - Hampton, VA

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Fresno, CA  1993 - Fresno, CA

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Dayton, OH  1992 - Dayton, OH

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Rapid City, SD  1991 - Rapid City, SD

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Tucson, AZ  1990 - Tucson, AZ

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St. Louis, MO  1989 - St. Louis, MO

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Tarrytown, NY  1987 - Tarrytown, NY

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Colorado Springs, CO  1985 - Colorado Springs, CO

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Orlando, FL  1984 - Orlando, FL
Williamsburg, VA  1983 - Williamsburg, VA
Dayton, OH  1982 - Dayton, OH
  1981 - Torrence, CA