of the 2005 Reunion in Washington DC.
When I told my wife, Susan, that we were going to host the 2005 reunion
of my comrades from the 1/92nd from Viet Nam, she looked at me out of
the corner of her eye with that "don't you have enough going on in your
life?" look. I think that she now understands why we made that commitment
last year. The 2005 reunion was a special event in my life and I hope
in the lives of all those who attended. Some things in one's life have
great intrinsic value that cannot be adequately articulated--the reunion
was one of those things.
We started on Sunday afternoon as the attendees started trickling in at
our home. Chuck Gall was first, and that seemed appropriate since we are
all in his debt for forming our organization. Bby the time the early evening
came around, we were grilling hamburgers, looking at each otherrs' old
photographs and albums and becoming very comfortable with each other.
It was a great evening, I think we all felt very much at home.
Monday we all went to the Pentagon for our private tour. (I should mention
that we thank Air Force Colonel Andy Turley, my friend who was unable
to join us, but who made our arrangements for us.) Our guide, Army SP-4
Don was a great guide who announced that he very much appreciated our
sacrifice in Vietnam, and that we were part of his proud tradition. We
thank him for his service! I think the highlight of the tour was the commemorative
area that we visited at the location where the airliner struck the Pentagon
on September 11th. It was an overwhelming experience. We finished the
day with a fun dinner at Famous Dave's Rib Restaurant. We ate an unbelievable
amount of food!
The next day we took the tourmobile at Arlington National Cemetary, and
visited the Vietnam Memorial, the Korean Memorial and the WW II Memorial.
It was hotter than blazes, but it was a most memorable day. There is no
way to describe the emotions we felt visiting our nation's great memorials.
Look at the pictures on the website, a picture is really worth a thousand
words. Dinner that night was in a private room at the Golden Bull restaurant.
We all went around in a circle and made comments and observations. It
was special, each member expressing heartfelt and special thoughts.
day was our tour of the Capitol building. It was a great event to put
an exclamation mark at the end of our reunion. It put everything in perspective.
The Government that we protected and defended...in action in this building!
I thank all of you who attended, It was our honor and pleasure to help
make this happen and we look forward to attending the next reunion.
wishes to all.
Johnny and Susan Cahn