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Chapter Meeting Dates 2018

The General Anthony C. McAuliffe NY-NJ Chapter
of the 101st Airborne Division Association
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Chapter Meeting Dates 2018
4th Saturday of the month at
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American Legion Post 261 at 1:00pm
840 South Washington Avenue
Piscataway, NJ 08855

Saturday, January 27

Saturday, February 24

Saturday, March 17

Saturday, April 28

Saturday, May 13 (3rd Sat due to Memorial Day Weekend)

Saturday, July 28

Saturday, August 25

Saturday, September 22

Saturday, October 27

Saturday, November 17 (due to Thanksgiving)

**NO MEETINGS IN JUNE (picnic) AND DECEMBER (banquet)**

Additional Activities Schedule

April (Date TBD) – Pizza Party at VA Medical Center, Lyons, NJ

May 28 – Memorial Day Parade at Post 261, Piscataway, NJ

June 2 – Annual Chapter Picnic at the Vietnam Memorial, Holmdel, NJ

October (Date TBD) – Pizza Party at VA Medical Center, Lyons, NJ

November 12 – National Veterans Day at Vietnam Memorial, Holmdel, NJ

Nov 29 – Dec 1 – Bastogne Banquet, Thayer Hotel, West Point, NY

Bastogne Banquet Weekend 2017

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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

Bastogne Banquet Weekend 2016

The 2016 Bastogne Banquet Weekend
Celebrating the 72nd Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge
will be held Thursday, December 1st – Sunday, December 4th
at The Thayer Hotel at West Point
674 Thayer Road, West Point, New York (NY) 10996

UPDATED – Schedule of Events (as of 11/20/16)

Thursday, December 1st
1:00 pm          Hospitality Room Opens (Eisenhower Room)
Midnight         Hospitality Room Closes

Friday, December 2nd
12:00 pm        Hospitality Room Opens (Eisenhower Room)
5:00 pm          Raffles & Camaraderie in the Hospitality Room
6:00 pm          Hors D’oeuvres in the Hospitality Room (Special Thanks to the Knapps!) 
Midnight         Hospitality Room Closes

Saturday, December 3rd
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 & Candle Lighting Ceremony Call to Order
                         Featuring Guest Speaker Lt Gen Robert Caslen
After Dinner   Pistol Raffle in the Hospitality Room
Midnight         Hospitality Room Closes

The Chapter is pleased to announce that Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen, Jr., the 59th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point will be the guest speaker during the Banquet Dinner on Saturday evening. 

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 – 10:30 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


We are happy to announce that the group of veterans of the Bolton & District Parachute Regimental Association from Manchester, England are returning to visit this year.
Their service experience ranges from WWII to the Suez service and the Falklands War.

Bastogne Banquet

 


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 – To reserve a room, call the Thayer BEFORE NOVEMBER 7!
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


West Point Area Activities

West Point Holiday Show – USMA Band
1:00 pm – Saturday December 3rd and
1:00 pm – Sunday, December 4th
Eisenhower Hall, West Point
FREE
View USMA Band Website
For concert information, cancellations and updates call the
West Point Band’s hot line at (845) 938-2617

West Point Visitor Center & Museum
Open Daily 9:00 am – 4:55 pm
View Museum Website

West Point Guided Tour
(845) 446-4724
One Hour Tour
Stops at: Cadet Chapel, Trophy Point, Battle Monument & The Plain
Walking Time (Off Bus): approximately 45 mins
Adults: $15 , Children (2-11): $12
Friday – 10:30am ; 11:45am ; 1:30pm
Saturday & Sunday – 10:30am ; 12:00pm ; 1:30pm ; 3:00pm

Brotherhood Winery (Tours, Tastings, Cafe, Mansion, Art Space)
100 Brotherhood Plaza Drive, Washingtonville, NY 10992
(845) 496-9001
Saturday Brunch 12:00pm – 4:00pm – Reservation Required
Sunday Brunch 12:00pm – 4:00pm with live music – Reservation Required
Friday & Sunday Prime Rib Special $14.95 – Reservation Required
Visit Website

Benmarl Winery Tours & Tastings
156 Highland Ave, Marlboro, NY 12542
(845)-236-4265
Visit Website

Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Thayer Hotel – For Purchase
MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant (Located on Lobby Level)
$39.95 Per Person, Served From 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
View Menu

Bear Mountain Ice Rink – Weather Permitting
Seven Lakes Drive, Tomkins Cove, NY 10986
(845) 786-2701 x266
Friday 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
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)
Adults (12+): $5.00; Children (4 – 11): $4.00; Skate Rental: $4.00
Rink is outdoors and uncovered so dress warmly!
View Website

Bear Mountain Zoo
55 Hessian Drive, Highlands Falls, NY 10928
(845) 786-2701
Open 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Daily
$10 parking per vehicle; $1 Suggested Donation Admission
View Website

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
Call in Advance for Group Tours
374 Temple Hill Road (Route 300)
Town of New Windsor, NY
(845) 561-1765
1-877-28HONOR
View Website

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

Bastogne Banquet Weekend

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

You’re Invited!

Official Bastogne Banquet Weekend 2016 Invitation

Screaming Eagles, family and friends, please see the below official Bastogne Banquet Weekend invitation. ALL ARE WELCOME to this annual event.

Please be sure to make hotel reservations at the Thayer Hotel by the 7th of November to ensure the group rate for the A101! We hope to see you all at the Saturday evening banquet dinner and memorial candle lighting ceremony.

Please continue scrolling down the page or CLICK HERE to see the full post regarding the Bastogne Banquet Weekend Schedule of Events, West Point Area Activities and more. All the information you need is there!

If you still have any questions after reading the full event post, please feel free to reach out via
e-mail to our chapter email address 101stairbornenynjchapter@gmail.com. We are here to help, please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.

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April 25th Meeting Reminder

ATTENTION CHAPTER MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
Our next chapter meeting will be held next Saturday, April 25th. We hope to see all of our chapter members there!
Next Chapter Meeting
American Legion Post 261
All are welcome. Lunch, soda and beer served at every meeting.

Meeting Reminder – CANCELLED

Just a friendly reminder to all chapter members and friends! Meetings occur on the 4th Saturday of every month. Food, soda and beer are served at each meeting. All are welcome to join and participate! We hope to see you at our next chapter meeting, details below.

OUR NEXT CHAPTER MEETING

Saturday, January 24, 2015
1:00 pm
American Legion Post 261
840 South Washington Ave.
Piscataway, NJ 08854

May & June 2014 Remembrances

Written by Chapter Secretary & Newsletter Editor, Frank Febus
McAuliffe’s Eagles Newsletter, August 2014

EAGLES WHO HAVE SOARED

Werner J. Meier, 94, of Norwood, NJ, died peacefully on June 12, 2014. Born in Germany, he came to this country at age 9 settling in New York City and became an American citizen. He served our country during WWII, with the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division, dropping behind enemy lines at Normandy Beach on D-Day. He served 5 years with the U.S. Army attaining the rank of Captain. He returned home after being wounded at Bastogne, receiving the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Shortly thereafter he met his loving and devoted wife, Helen, and was happily married for over 68 years. He was a member of the VFW, the General Anthony C. McAuliffe Chapter of the 101st Airborne Division Association, and member of the Trinity Reformed Church.

Kenneth G. Johnson

Photo From Montclair Patch Article “World War II Veteran, Kenneth G. Johnson Dies at 92” http://patch.com/new-jersey/montclair/world-war-ii-veteran-kenneth-g-johnson-dies-at-92#.VCXWmGddU4I

Kenneth G. Johnson, 92, of Brick, NJ, died on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, in the Ocean Medical Center. During WWII, Ken served with the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division, Company H, 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment from its inception in September 1942 to the end of WWII in 1945. He reported to Camp Toccoa, GA and was one of 2,100 trainees (out of 7,000) to qualify as a paratrooper. Ken was wounded in action on June 6, 1944 in Normandy and on January 5, 1945 in Bastogne. He participated in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, the invasion of Holland (Operation Market-Garden) and siege of Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge. Ken received three battle stars from each campaign. His military awards include: Combat Infantryman Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, three Bronze Service Stars and one Arrowhead. He also received the Orange Lanyard of the Royal Netherlands Army, the French Croix de Guerre with Palm, the Belgian Fourragere, and most importantly, the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. Most recently, Ken received the French Legion of Honor, and the Distinguished Member of the Regiment Award (506th). He was a life member of the 101st Airborne Division Association, the General Anthony C. McAuliffe NY-NJ Chapter, the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment Association and the Blind Veterans Association.

Vietnam Remembrance Day Recap

Written By: Chapter Secretary & Newsletter Editor, Frank Febus
McAuliffe’s Eagles Chapter Newsletter, June 2014

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rememberance Day Ceremony on May 7, 2014, with the dedication of a UH-1D Huey was attended by my estimation over five hundred Vietnam Huey aviators, crew chiefs and those of us who have deep memories of the insertions and extractions by the Huey. The ceremonies and guest speakers were exceptional. The main guest speaker was Rocky Bleier, Super Bowl Champ and Vietnam Veteran.

The restoration of this Huey was a labor of love by military veterans, many former pilots and maintenance technicians. This Huey served two tours in Vietnam. From October 1966 through 1967, it served with the 116th Assault Helicopter Company, at Cu Chi in support of the 25th Infantry Divison. It then served with the 118th Assault Helicopter Company, from November 1968 through February 1970 at Bien Hoa,  logging more than 3,000 flight hours in support of our troops.

A special moment occurred when we had a huey fly over. This had the crowd on their feet and cheering and waving, but when the Huey made a 180 and came in really low and that thump-thump-thump brought back a lot of memories, the crowd really got into it then, I saw a lot of moist eyes around me.

After the ceremonies were over, the foundation had complimentary hoagies, soda and water bottles for all. The event then became a big picnic with the veterans mingling and greeting new friends. Our football jerseys attracted the attention of people who asked us to pose for pictures. As we walked around the memorial area I could see/feel a lot of eyeballs on us, our jerseys really stood out. One lady asked us to pose for pictures lined up from the back and from the front.

Remembrance Day

Chapter Members Attending L-R: George Nonestied, Frank Febus, Bob Morris, Bob Maslo and Ed Myskosky

We also met chapter members who can’t make our meetings but receive our newsletter and are able to keep in touch about the 101st. We should make it a point that when we assemble together at a function such as this or one of our own, to wear the football jerseys. When we designed our jersey, the thinking was to make the design unique to our chapter, showing our unity of members and also the legacy of the 101st Airborne Division.