Updated: Feb 1
Several aspects of the upcoming reunion are set (Assuming COVID doesn't ruin 2021). Registration for the event is now officially open!
During Week of the Eagles (WOTE) in June, The Hamburger Hill Chapter's 52nd Anniversary will be hosting the National Association Reunion in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Desert Shield/Desert Storm. This is in roughly 7 months so mark your calendars. Rakkasans of all eras are encouraged to attend.
Accommodations for 2021's gatherings have moved to the Country Inn & Suites by Raddison. We have 82 rooms blocked for our event (with the potential for 105). At the 50th we did run out of rooms several months prior to the Reunion so make your reservations early. The hotel has 3 types of holds on rooms, please designate that you are there for either the National Rakkasan Reunion, The Hamburger Hill Reunion or the Desert Storm Anniversary - this information helps us plan events in the future. They have been having a few problems with their network since Christmas Day so if you call and they tell you the Rakkasan block of rooms is filled, ask to speak to Ashly. As of now there are plenty of rooms (but they will sell out as we get closer to June). The cost per room is $89 plus tax per night. Breakfast will be included and the hotel will have a hospitality suite available. You can call the hotel at (931) 645-1400
Things to know:
-We are planning a return to the Grand Ol' Opry on Tuesday June 22, 2021. Ticket are now available on the EVENTS tab of the website (this event sells out so get at it)
-We will do the soldier Reception and Memorial Dinner at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center in Clarksville. We will have transportation available on both nights.
-While the planning is ongoing we will be at Ft. Campbell during the Week of the Eagles (WOTE) celebration. The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is also celebrating the 30th Anniversary or Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
This is a special lunch for those that do not want to go to the Wednesday range hosted by the lovely ladies who support Rakkasans. Tickets are free on the events tab - please select it if you plan to attend, this is how we get a head count.
If you would like to contribute something to be auctioned off to raise funds for the Hamburger Hill Chapter (our hosts for this event), please contact Mike Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
If any attendees to the Reunion have dietary considerations for the formal dinner, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will need a final count a week prior to the event for any gluten free guests or other diet restrictions. We will do our best to see that you receive a special pre-plated meal for the dinner.
Dress is always casual (but can be appropriately decorated by visiting the Rakkasan Store) for all events except the Memorial Dinner. The active duty group will be in Dress Blues so please be in business attire (Coat and Tie). It is not mandatory, but it is appropriate for the occasion.
If you have a business (or would like to as an individual) that would like to be listed as a sponsor for the event, please contact Rachael Vance email@example.com or Mike Smith firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options and sponsorship levels. Sponsorship support is deeply appreciated!
Lastly: This is the first time we have linked so many Reunions and Anniversaries together! Please contact everyone you know! Beat the bushes, there are a lot of our former buddies who still don’t know we exist or realize that we do this every year! If you know anyone who served alongside us (Artillery, Aviation etc.) let them know they ARE ALL WELCOME. Our contact list is dwindling due to people moving or not informing us of an e-mail change.