Bastogne Banquet Weekend 2017

The 2017 Bastogne Banquet Weekend
Celebrating the 73rd Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge
will be held Thursday, November 30th – Sunday, December 3rd
at The Thayer Hotel at West Point
674 Thayer Road, West Point, New York (NY) 10996

ALL ARE WELCOME!!

Tentative Schedule of Events (as of 7/30/17)

Thursday, November 30th
1:00 pm          Hospitality Room Opens (Eisenhower Room)
Midnight         Hospitality Room Closes

Friday, December 1st
12:00 pm        Hospitality Room Opens (Eisenhower Room)
5:00 pm          Raffles & Camaraderie in the Hospitality Room
Midnight         Hospitality Room Closes

Saturday, December 2nd
12:00 pm        Hospitality Room Opens (Eisenhower Room)
4:00 pm          Last Call in Hospitality Room
4:30 pm          Hospitality Room Closed while Attendees Dress for Dinner
5:30 pm          Dining Room Opens (Cash Bar)
6:00 pm          Bastogne Banquet Call to Order
                         Featuring Guest Speaker TBD
After Dinner   Pistol Raffle in the Hospitality Room
Midnight         Hospitality Room Closes

The Bastogne Weekend ends with the closing of the Hospitality Room on Saturday evening. There are a number of Sunday activity options for those wishing to conclude the weekend in the West Point area. Please see the list of area activities (including free West Point Holiday concert) listed at the end of this page if you are interested in exploring the area further.

Sunday, December 4th – Breakfast Available for Purchase at Hotel
7:00 am – 9:30 am        Breakfast Buffet in MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant (Lobby Level, at your own expense) No reservations are taken for the Breakfast Buffet, seating is not guaranteed.
10:30 am – 2:30 pm        Sunday Champagne Buffet Brunch Served in MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant $39.95 per person, Reservation Suggested, 845-446-4731, Ext. 7929 View Menu


Banquet Fee
Please make check payable to:
Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe NY-NJ Chapter, 101st Abn Div Assn.

  • $65 Adults (Includes Hospitality Room for the Entire Event)
  • Children’s Tickets Availabe at a Reduced Cost (Please email 101stairbornenynjchapter@gmail.com for more information)

Checks can be mailed to:
Jim Agins
33 Sunset Blvd
Hamilton Square, NJ 08690

Hotel Reservations
The Thayer Hotel has a block of rooms available for the 101st Airborne
Bastogne Banquet Guests.
Room Rate is $109 (+ tax and facilities fee).
Be sure to mention the 101st Airborne event when booking rooms to ensure you receive this group room rate.
1-(800)-247-5047 or (845)-446-4731
info@thethayerhotel.com

Bastogne Banquet 2014


Vincent Speranza reading the group his original poem

 

 

Bastogne Banquet

Guest Speaker at the 2015 Banquet


West Point Area Activities

West Point Holiday Show – USMA Band
1:30 pm – Saturday December 2nd and
1:30 pm – Sunday, December 3rd
Eisenhower Hall, 655 Pitcher Road, West Point, NY 10996
CONCERTS ARE FREE
For concert information, cancellations and updates call the
West Point Band at (845) 938-2617
It is recommended to arrive 1 hour prior to the concert because parking is limited.

View USMA Band Website

West Point Visitor Center & Museum
Open Daily 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
2107 New South Post Road, Highland Falls, NY 10928
View Museum Website

West Point Guided Tour
(845) 446-4724
West Point Visitor Center, 2107 New South Post Road, Highland Falls, NY 10928
The tour starts at the West Point Visitor Center and stops at the Cadet Chapel, Trophy Point, Battle Monument and The Plain. The regular tour lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes and a longer, 2-hour tour includes the West Point Cemetery. Tickets are sold first-come first-served. For more information, call the West Point Tour Office at the phone number listed above. 
West Point Tours Website

Brotherhood Winery (Tours, Tastings, Cafe, Mansion, Art Space)
Open Friday and Sunday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Open Saturday from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday and Sunday Prime Rib Special from 4:30 – 9:00 pm
100 Brotherhood Plaza Drive, Washingtonville, NY 10992
(845) 496-9001
Reservations are Required.
Weekend Winery Tours leave as groups gather, no set times.
Visit Website

Benmarl Winery Tours & Tastings
Open Friday from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Open Saturday from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Open Sunday from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
156 Highland Ave, Marlboro, NY 12542
(845)-236-4265
Tastings are $10 per person and include a tasting of six wines.
Visit Website

Bear Mountain Ice Rink – Weather Permitting
Open Friday 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Open Sat & Sun 10:00 am – 11:30 am; 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm; 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm; 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm; 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm; 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm (NO 8 pm on Sundays)
Seven Lakes Drive, Tomkins Cove, NY 10986
(845) 786-2701 x266
Rink is outdoors and uncovered so dress warmly! Lockers and refreshments are available.
View Website

Trailside Museums and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park
Open 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Daily
55 Hessian Drive, Highlands Falls, NY 10928
(845) 786-2701
$10 parking per vehicle; $1 Suggested Donation Admission. Bears and coyotes go off exhibit at 4:00 pm. Allow for 20 minutes to walk from parking lot to Trailside and 1 to 2 hours to enjoy Trailside, including the wildlife on exhibit, the views, museums and landscape.
View Website

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
Open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Open Sunday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
374 Temple Hill Road (Route 300)
Town of New Windsor, NY
(845) 561-1765
1-877-28HONOR
Call in Advance for Group Tours.
View Website

New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
Phone: (845) 561-1765
View Website

Culinary Institute of America
Open Friday: The Apple Pie Bakery Cafe and Ristorante Caterina de’ Mendici
Open Saturday: The American Bounty Restaurant and The Bocuse Restaurant
1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12538
For more information, or to schedule a tour, call the number below Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Visitor Parking: When you arrive on campus, follow the signs to our two-story parking deck located in Anton Plaza.
NY Restaurants Website
Campus Tours Website

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt
Open Daily from Sunrise to Sunset
114 Estates Lane, Hyde Park, NY 12538
The tour of the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt is approximately 1 hour. The only way to see the home is by guided tour. All tours begin at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center. The grounds are free and open daily until sunset. The entrance fee is $18.00. For more information, call the number below.
(845)229-9115
Visit Website
Bastogne Banquet Weekend

If you have any questions, please e-mail 101stairbornenynjchapter@gmail.com

Vietnam Memorial Picnic 2017

Please Join Us at the Chapter’s Annual Vietnam Memorial Picnic on Saturday June 3, 2017!

The Vietnam Memorial Ceremony & Picnic will be Held:

Saturday, June 3rd at 10:30am
At the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial
1 Memorial Ln, Holmdel, NJ 07733

Click Here for Directions to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Please plan to arrive at the memorial by 10:30am. A short memorial ceremony will be held at the helicopter in front of the museum building at 11:00am. The picnic will begin immediately following the ceremony.

Please do not be deterred if another event is taking place at the Arts Center. Ask a parking lot attendant to be directed to the VIETNAM MEMORIAL MUSEUM parking lot!

Burgers, beer, soda and water will be served.

Picnic attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish, salad or dessert of their choice to add to the menu!

Please call Chapter President George Fallon with the number of guests that will be attending in your party as well as any food items that you will be bringing OR send an e-mail to the chapter at: 101stairbornenynjchapter@gmail.com

An updated menu will be posted closer to the event. Our annual picnic is a family-friendly event so please feel free to bring anyone you like! We hope to see you there! As always, ALL ARE WELCOME!!

Annual Vietnam Memorial Picnic

Frank Mirabella Interview

Thank you to the West Point Center for Oral History for interviewing Frank and documenting his amazing and heroic experiences during World War II. To watch the interview online, please visit  (http://www.westpointcoh.org/…/do-what-i-do-shoot-when-i-sho….

As a reminder, please see the last post for Frank’s viewing and funeral service schedule.

Frank Mirabella joined the Army in February, 1943, during World War II and became a Radar Operator. He was sent to the Pacific and arrived in time for the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was supposed to be on one of the last waves assaulting the beach, but when a Kamikaze hit the ship he was on, he found himself in the 3rd wave, one of the few Soldiers to land with the Marines. Fortunately, a Marine grabbed him and told him to do exactly what he did.

In this interview, Frank describes his training, and the process of shipping from Fort Dix to other bases on the east coast, and finally to California, Hawaii, and ultimately to Iwo Jima. He talks about the hell that was the battle for that Island. Pay attention for a touching story about the time he met actress Bette Davis, and how she helped a sad soldier who was going through a tough time.

In Memoriam – Frank Mirabella

It is with deep sadness that the Chapter announces the passing of Chapter Member and WWII Veteran,
Frank R. Mirabella

Frank Mirabella, age 92, passed away at his home on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Frank’s decorations and citations include the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal and the American Service Medal.

For Par Troy Funeral Home full obituary, please click here.

Frank was an active and loved member of the NY-NJ Chapter and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Visitation & Service Information for Frank Mirabella

Visitation
will be held on Friday, May 5 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at
Par Troy Funeral Home
95 Parsippany Rd, Parsippany, NJ 07054
Click Here for Directions
(973) 887-3235
www.partroyfuneralhome.com

Liturgy of Christian Burial
will be held on Saturday, May 6 at 9:30am
at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church
781 Smith Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054
Click Here for Directions

Entombment
Restland Memorial Park
East Hanover

Frank and President George Fallon at the annual Vietnam Veteran Picnic

2015 Bastogne Banquet

Lyons Pizza Party April 8 at 13:45

NJ Area Members!

This is a reminder that Ron Wyka has arranged a Pizza Party at Lyons VA on this coming Saturday, April 8th at 13:30, with pizza arriving at 13:45 – 14:00. Members are encouraged to attend. Canteen books will be available.

VA Address for Pizza Party

VA New Jersey Health Care System
151 Knollcroft Road
Lyons, NJ 07939

Click Here for Google Map Directions

Ron Ymbras Book Signing – April 8

For Our NY Area Members! Ron Ymbras will be Hosting a ‘Meet the Author’ Presentation & Book Signing

April 8th from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
2518 South Rd.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Please Click Here for Directions

Ron will give a short presentation on his coffee table style guide to Vietnam Veterans Memorials throughout the USA, entitled “Fallen, Never Forgotten: Vietnam Memorials in the USA.” His presentation will be followed by a meet-and-greet and book signing.

For more information about Ron, feel free to visit his website RUAirborne.com

Ron Ymbras

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