USS TOWERS DDG-9 REUNION
2005 September 21st, through 24th. Nashville, Music City, USA
Mark your calender to attend the 2005 Towers reunion in Nashville, Tennessee. The location will be the Radisson Hotel located at 2401 Music Valley Drive. Attendees are encouraged to make reservations by calling the Hotel direct at (800) 333-3333 or (615) 889-0800 for room reservations. Mentioning the USS Towers Reunion Association will assure us a hospitality room without charge if the required number of reserved rooms is satisfied.
The cutoff date for reservations is August 22nd, 2005. Room rates will be $89.00 single or double. For information, three other military associations will be hosting their annual reunion at the same hotel site, on these dates, but will be separate from USS Towers. These associations are the USS Arcadia (AD-23), USS Oklahoma City, and In-flight Refueling Association.
REUNION SCHEDULE The schedule is absolutely optional and only presented to identify functions you may enjoy during your music city visit.
Wednesday 21ST After check in you will find shipmates and guests in the Pennington Room located on the HotelÕs first floor. The Pennington Room has been reserved as a reception/hospitality room for the length of our stay in Nashville.
Thursday 22nd Midday cruise, buffet, and show option aboard the General Jackson showboat. Http://www.generaljackson.com Attendees will need to make individual reservations for the mid day cruise by calling 615-458-3900 or on line.
The evening option will be a visit to the wild horse saloon located down town. The wild horse is a 66,000 square foot live music and restaurant destination. Annually more than one million fans visit the wild horse to have a great barbecue meal, catch the hottest concerts, and learn the latest dances steps. The hotel provides a shuttle service down town for $12.00 per person round trip.
Friday 23rd During the day a tour will be arranged to the country music hall of fame. (Time TBA and sign up after arrival) The hall of fame is located downtown. This is a site where country music and itÕs makers, past and present, speak to you through interactive exhibits, live performances, and a working radio station. This also includes a tour of the Ryman Auditorium, the birth place of the Grand Old Opry.
Friday night dinner 6PM until? Dinner will be served in the Magavock Room by the staff of Gaylord Opry Land. Cost for the dinner will be $24.00 each and a firm head count for those planning to attend this function will be needed thirty days prior to the event. If you plan to attend please e-mail Bob Brandon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (home) 931-232-4057 (wireless) 931-627-0373.
Saturday 24th 10:00- Business meeting in the Pennington room. The afternoon will be free to explore Nashville. Saturday Night at the Grand Old Opry Saturday night offers two Grand Old Opry performances. The first performance is 7:30PM followed by a 9:30PM show. A shuttle service is provided free of charge from the lobby of our hotel to the Grand Old Opry entrance which is only minutes away. Individual reservations will be required but be reminded that these shows sell out months in advance and attempts to purchase a ticket after arrival in Nashville will probably be too late. In order to go as a group the 7:30PM show is suggested. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.opry.com/
Travel to Nashville Interstates 24/40/65 pass through Music City and Nashville is within a one day drive of almost half the population of the United States. Because of this a good turn out is expected at this yearÕs reunion. Nashville is serviced by itÕs International Airport with our hotel being a short drive away.
Something for everyone
Less than one hour northwest of Nashville is the Army Base at Fort Campbell, the home of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and 5th Special Forces. On base is a museum that covers the history of the Screaming Eagles from Normandy to Iraq as well as a large Exchange/Commisary.
A historic tour is available that takes you to the mansion home of President Andrew Jackson.
Jack Daniels Distillery
The Distillery is located south of Nashville and open for tours.
Tours of stars homes
Numerous tours are available through Grand Old Opry/Gray Line Tours to the homes of various country music celebrities.
Drive down 17th Avenue south and see the many recording studios where much of AmericaÕs music originates.
Nashville is home to the NFLÕs Tennessee Titans, NHLÕs Nashville Preditors, AAA BaseballÕs Nashville Sounds and a number of Universities including Vanderbilt.
Our hotel is within walking distance of Opry Mills, a very large shopping/restaurant complex. The Aquarium and Rain Forrest are only two of many restaurants located in the complex with excellent atmosphere and suggested for lunch or dinner.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in Nashville
I would like to thank OSCS Bob Brandon for accepting the task of coordinating the Towers reunion 2005. Hope that you can join us at the Towers reunion 2005. Wives and guests are also welcomed.
Raymond Wong President, USS Towers Association
Towers web site: http://www.usstowersddg9.com