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Bastogne Banquet Weekend 2015

The 2015 Bastogne Banquet Weekend
Celebrating the 71st Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge
Will Be Held
Thursday, December 3rd – Sunday, December 6th

Bastogne Dinner 2014

Bastogne Dinner 2014


Please join the Anthony C. McAuliffe NY-NJ Chapter of the 101st Airborne Association for our Annual Bastogne Banquet Weekend 2015!

We are happy to announce that a group of veterans from Birmingham, England are anticipated to attend, with service ranging from WWII to the Suez service and the Falklands War.

Tentative Schedule of Events

Thursday, December 3rd
1:00 pm      Hospitality Room Opens (Eisenhower Room)
Midnight     Hospitality Room Closes

Friday, December 4th
12:00 pm      Hospitality Room Opens
5:00 pm        Raffles & Camaraderie in the Hospitality Room
Midnight       Hospitality Room Closes

Saturday, December 5th
12:00 pm        Hospitality Room Opens
4:00 pm          Hospitality Room Closed while Attendees Dress for Dinner
5:00 pm          Pre-Banquet Cocktail Hour & Hors d’Oeuvres in the Hospitality Room
6:15 pm          Bastogne Banquet & Candle Lighting Ceremony, Followed by Dancing
After Dinner   Rifle Raffle in the Hospitality Room
Midnight         Hospitality Room Closes

Sunday, December 6th – 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)
10:30 am – 2:30 pm      Sunday Champagne Buffet Brunch Served in MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant $36.95 per person, Reservation Suggested, 845-446-4731, Ext. 7929 View Menu

Bastogne Banquet 2014

Bastogne Banquet 2014

Banquet Fee: $65 Adults (Includes Hospitality Room fo the Full Weekend) Please RSVP with an approximate number of people in your party by calling Jim Agins or sending an e-mail to 101stairbornenynjchapter@gmail.com

Hotel Reservations
The Thayer Hotel has a block of rooms available for the 101st Guests. To reserve a room, call the Thayer BEFORE NOVEMBER 7! 1-(800)-247-5047 or (845)-446-4731.

Bastogne Banquet 2014

Bastogne Banquet 2014

West Point Area Activities

West Point Visitor Center & Museum
Open Monday – Sunday 10:30 am – 4:15 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): 30 mins
Adults: $14 , Children (2-11): $11
Friday – 10:30am ; 11:45am ; 1:30pm
Saturday & Sunday – 11:00am ; 12:15pm ; 1:30pm ; 2:45pm

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 Tastings
156 Highland Ave, Marlboro, NY 12542
Mon-Fri: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Sat & Sun: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tastings $8 Per Person (Six Wines); Additional $2 to Keep Your Glass
Visit Website

Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Thayer Hotel – For Purchase
MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant (Located on Lobby Level)
$36.95 Per Person, Served From 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
View Menu

A West Point Holiday Concert – USMA Band
1:30 pm – Sunday, December 6th
Ike Hall Theatre, West Point
View USMA Band Website

57th Annual Handel’s Messiah Concert – Featuring the Cadet Chapel Choir
3:30 pm – Sunday, December 6th
Cadet Chapel, West Point
FREE – Arrive Early for Convenient Parking and a Good Seat
View Cadet Chapel Schedule

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
View Website

Bear Mountain Zoo
55 Hessian Drive, Highlands Falls, NY 10928
(845) 786-2701
Open 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Daily
$8 parking; $1 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
View Website

New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
Mon – Sat: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sun: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
View Website

Bastogne Dinner 2014

Bastogne Dinner 2014

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


Vietnam Memorial Picnic Recap

The General Anthony C. McAuliffe NY-NJ Chapter of the 101st Airborne Division Association held its annual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Picnic on June 7, 2014 at The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel Township, New Jersey. The chapter, family and friends remembered all those who served in Vietnam with a moving ceremony. The ceremony was followed by a jovial picnic on the museum lawn.


The picnickers were pleasantly surprised by the appearance of a group of young ROTC members who came to visit the memorial. Members of the chapter were able to share their advice and stories with the recruits and inform them that there are many organizations like the 101st Airborne Division Association available to them for support after they leave the service.

If you or a friend are looking to join a military association, check out this list of military and veteran associations for all service branches!

Thank you to all those who attended the picnic! Many thanks for any and all donations of food and beverages.


Chapter members posing with the newly-dedicated Huey in front of the Vietnam Memorial Museum

Vietnam Memorial Picnic

Members, friends and family attending the heartfelt Vietnam Memorial Ceremony

Vietnam Memorial Picnic

Members, friends and family enjoying the beautiful June afternoon



Vietnam Memorial Picnic

Chapter President George Fallon and WWII Veteran Frank Mirabella


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.