Kansas City, Missouri
September 30-October 4, 2020
The membership voted to hold our 18th reunion in Kansas City, and like our reunions of past years, there will be ample activities to bring our members together in numerous forums for an enjoyable gathering.
We have coordinated with the Marriott Country Club Plaza hotel https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mcipl-kansas-city-marriott-country-club-plaza/ to provide accommodations and meeting space. We contacted ten different hotels throughout Kansas City and the Club Plaza gave us the overall value. Hotel has a customer rating of 4.5 out of 5.0 based on 700+ reviews so we are comfortable in knowing this facility will meet your expectations. The room rate is $149 for the Vietnam Dustoff Association; no charge for our meeting space (which has normally cost us from $500 to $600 per day); parking fees for our members ($20 per day) have been waived; and we will have free Wifi and Internet service provided to our rooms. The hotel also provides free shuttle service to the plaza area https://www.countryclubplaza.com/.
For our business meeting we have sent an invitation to Colonel Roger Donlan who is a retired Special Forces Officer who was awarded the Medal of Honor to be our guest speaker. We also have a member who served with the Australian forces as a Dustoff medic who has indicated he is planning on attending this years’ reunion. He has been asked if he would be willing to give a presentation on his perspectives serving in an Allied Force during the Vietnam War. If one or both of these events come to fruition, we will host an informal lunch in our meeting room.
Our ‘featured’ tour will be The WWI Museum and Memorial https://www.theworldwar.org/. We will be working with the museum in order to obtain reduced group prices to accommodate our members. We will provide an option for the wives who may not want to tour the museum to have an ‘outing’ on the Plaza (check the link) for stores and other activities of interest.
Within a block of our hotel is the Kansas City Vietnam Veterans memorial. The board will discuss the who, what, where’s, why’s and how’s of whether we want to do something at the memorial.
We are planning an evening dinner gathering at Jacks Stacks BBQ at the country club plaza https://www.jackstackbbq.com/country-club-plaza which is within 1/10 of a mile from the hotel.
Other tour options are listed but there is a great deal of entertainment available and different options such as art museums in close proximity that will provide everyone with a ‘scheduling challenge’. We are hoping that some evening entertainment that everyone will enjoy can be identified and tickets obtained once the schedules are published for the different venues. The Kansas City Chiefs have been contacted to see if they would like to have our association to participate in an opening ceremony for a home game. Their season schedule will not be available until after the first of the year. So this is a very big TBD event.
Arabia Steamboat Museum https://www.1856.com/
Negro Baseball Baseball Museum https://nlbm.com/ (if you played or enjoy baseball, there is a great deal of history here)
Kansas City Chiefs Football https://www.chiefs.com/ It might be neat to attend a ball game as a group like we did in Nashville in 2019
Once we have our room reservations links available, we will post them to this page.