Spring 2001                            John G. Esposito, Editor

NOW HEAR THIS: This letter will serve as your invitation to join us in Virginia Beach in October for our Eighth Biennial Reunion. We have chosen this time of year and days of the week to provide us with the most economical rates we could negotiate. We hope the weather will cooperate and it not be as wet as it was in Brunswick. Those of you who have been with us in the past know that they get better each time and this will be no exception.

Enclosed is a reservation form that indicates that the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort will be providing lodging and the rates we have negotiated will apply for two days after the “official” reunion dates. The SunSpree Resort is located on the ocean at 39th and Oceanfront, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451. Their telephone number is 1-800-942-3224. This reservation form must be returned to the motel by September 21, 2001 to assure your accommodations.

Our good friend Nancy Norton has passed on this information for those of you who will be traveling in a Motor Home or RV. If you have a military ID, you may want to consider a site at the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek. They have 50 sites that are assigned on a first come first served basis. They have slabs, sewage, laundry and bathroom facilities. The cost is about $13 per night, $78 per week. Cable TV is extra. The person to contact is: Yolanda Whitely at (575) 462-7282. Other sites in the Virginia Beach area are: (1)VB Camp Grounds KOA, 1240 General Booth Rd., VB 23451, 1-800-562-4150, E-mail vbkoa(~@)netzero.com. (2) Holiday Trav-L-Park, 1075 General Booth Blvd., VB 23451, 1-800-548-0223.

The Reunion Committee has installed a toll free number for those of you who might have questions regarding the reunion. Warren Massey is your local contact in Virginia Beach and the number is 1-800-731-1318. The access code is 00.

Descriptions of the activities that are planned are enclosed within this letter along with the price for each. Please note that we have made arrangements for an optional tour of Colonial Williamsburg on Thursday, October 25, for those persons who have not seen this historic setting.

We also have a limited number of tee times reserved at the Oceana Air Station Golf Course on Thursday October 25. If you are interested, call the toll free number listed above.

In addition to the tours that are described in this letter the Reunion Committee will also host a Continental Breakfast at 8:00 AM on Wednesday the 24th. The business meeting will follow breakfast at 10:00 AM. Everyone is urged to attend this meeting and have your say in the affairs of the Association. The election of officers for the coming term will also take place.The Banquet will be at the SunSpree Resort on Wednesday evening. Upon arrival at the banquet a photo­grapher will be there to take your picture to be included in the Reunion Memory Booklet.

A “Ready Room” will be available and everyone is advised to check in upon arrival and receive a copy of the program, listing the time of the banquet and other activities. Space will be available for the display of pictures and other memorabilia. Refreshments will be on hand and shirts, hats and other Association items will also be on display and sale.

Our Chairman, Bill Locke, has explained in the newsletter the reasons we charge a registration fee for both the members and their spouses, or significant other, for the reunions. This is a reminder that this is still the case.

We have provided a registration form to enroll you in the various activities that are offered. Please indicate which functions you plan to attend and return this form with your remittance to the address listed by September 21, 2001. Make checks payable to the VPB-111JVP-21 Veterans Association. Also please note that we need the first names of all persons attending the reunion so that we can prepare the name tags in advance.

Reunion Committee:

Warren Massey
John McCarthy
Dick Webb

6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Board the motorcoach for the short drive to the downtown Norfolk waterfront where you will sail on board the magnificent Spirit of Norfolk for a three-hour dinner cruise. Feast on a sumptuous buffet and enjoy the informative narration as you cruise through the Hampton Roads Harbor. View the many interesting sights along the waterfront, including the mighty aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines at the Norfolk Naval Base, as well as the mighty Battleship Wisconsin berthed on the downtown Norfolk waterfront. Enjoy dancing and a show following dinner. The ship has two climate-controlled lower decks and an open-air upper deck.

Package Price: $56.00 per person, inclusive.

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Enjoy beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay as you ride through Virginia Beach. See the historic lighthouses and the First Landing Cross at Cape Henry where the English colonists first came ashore in 1607. Walk out on the overlook to see where the bay and the ocean meet, and where the famous Battle of the Capes took place during the Revolutionary War. Next visit the Norfolk Naval Base, the largest naval installation in the world. Home port to over 100 ships, 26 aircraft squadrons and headquarters of the Atlantic Fleet, the base occupies over 8,000 acres of land and is home to more than 100,000 military personnel. Your tour will take you past the piers, through the Naval Air Station and past the historic homes built for the 1907 Jamestown Exposition on “Admiral’s Row” which now house the flag officers. Lunch will be included on base at the Breezy Point Officer’s Club. Following lunch, visit the Life Saving Museum of Virginia, housed in the Old Coast Guard Station and preserving our maritime heritage through a series of exhibits. The galleries offer displays of many of the shipwrecks along the city’s shoreline, as well as permanent exhibits dedicated to the impact of World Wars I and II. A gift shop is located on the premises, featuring nautical items. See the resort strip, the landmark Cavalier Hotel and the Tidewater Veterans Memorial before returning to your hotel.

Package Price: $30.00 per person, inclusive.

10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Visit the (Ghent Market and Antiques Center and enjoy shopping in the intriguing Old World atmosphere filled with marvelous treasures from the past. Browse leisurely through an entire city block of the best selection of quality antiques in the Mid-Atlantic. Over 100 dealers display their diverse wares including furniture, pottery, glassware, gardenware and nautical items. Next, visit the Painted Lady Restaurant and TeaRoom for a delicious lunch. The Painted Lady is housed in an elegantly restored Victorian home, furnished completely with antiques and reproduction pieces of the period, all for sale! More shopping awaits in their charming gift shop, encompassing six rooms of beautiful items for home, garden and pampering. Next, enjoy a stop at the beautiful new MacArthur Center located in the heart of downtown Norfolk. Anchored by Nordstrom’s and Dillards, and offering over 150 specialty shops, boutiques and restaurants, this beautiful new complex is considered one of the most outstanding in the Mid-Atlantic region. Special discount coupon books will be made available for the ladies of the VPB-l I l/VP-21 Veterans Association.

Package Price: $33.00 per person, inclusive. Limited to 92 people.

(Optional Tour)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Depart via motor coach with your tour guide for the charming town of Williamsburg. Your guide will provide interesting and informative narration during your ride about the historic Virginia Peninsula and the Hampton Roads area. Once you arrive in Williamsburg, you will step back into the 18th century while strolling through the streets of Colonial Williamsburg. Your historical interpreter will guide you through the past and the events that helped shape America’s history as you enjoy a one and one half hour leisurely walking tour through the restored area of this lovely colonial capital city (Actual distance is approximately 4-5 blocks). Following your overview tour, enjoy free time to shop and browse in the many unique specialty shops in Merchants Square. High quality apparel, gifts, jewelry, unusual quilts, beautiful furniture and holiday decorations are but a few of the offerings found in this quaint, picturesque shopping area. Enjoy lunch on your own in one of the Colonial Taverns or in Merchants Square. Your guide will point out all of the dining options as you pass through town. Next, board the bus and admire the view as you ride along the scenic Colonial Parkway to the quaint village of Yorktown. Visit the National Park Service Visitors Center and view the exhibits relating to the Battle of Yorktown, a 12-minute film, and a rooftop view of the battlefields.

Package Price: $30.00 per person, inclusive.