Jul 12 2011
You Are Invited
Please join your fellow Vietnam Helicopter war veterans for a “Reunion” in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of that War. This event is open to all service members who participated as helicopter crewmen or supported helicopter operations during the war. The event is being organized and sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association. The Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) and the Vietnam War Museum are cosponsoring it.
Date – Time – Events
The event will be held on Saturday, October 8th at the DoubleTree Hotel at 3203 Quebec St. in Denver (near the former Stapelton Airport). The Hotel will serve as the central location – we will be offering a Hospitality Suite to get together for morning coffee and provide a “hang-out” at which to relax that will be open all day long. The events will be a morning coffee to assemble, attend self-directed events during the day, and reassemble for dinner and a program in the evening. More on the events and program below.
The DoubleTree is offering a special event pricing for rooms. Their Deluxe Room is $89 plus tax. You must deal directly with the DoubleTree by individually calling303-321-3333 or 1-800-222-
TREE (8733). Please ask for the Helicopter Pilots Reunion room block. You may also register online at the following web address: http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/R/RLDV-DT-CVN-20111006/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG Please note that the deadline for hotel room registration is Sept 7, 2011 to obtain that special rate. If requesting a room after 9/7/2011, rooms will be on “as available” basis.
How Do I Register for the Reunion? (and when?)
To register for the reunion, you simply fill in and tear off the form at the bottom of the next page mailing it to Fred Lyssy, 2045 Newcombe Dr., Lakewood, CO 80215. Phone number is 303-232-2152 or 303-748-5110 (cell). A check must accompany the registration form. Please mark meal choice. The registration deadline is September 23rd!
Schedule of Events – Program
The day’s events will be as follow:
10-11 am Welcome coffee at the Hospitality Suite (DoubleTree)
11 am – Attend any venues of your choice (per your schedule) including:
View current Army helicopters at Buckley (Black Hawk, Apache, Kiowa, Lakota). These will be available from 11:30 to 3pm.
Denver Museum of Natural History, Art Museum, Wings Over the Rockies, Botanical Gardens, Capitol Building, etc. (See the venues web site for hours.)
Lunch – On your Own! Lots of restaurants nearby.
Shopping at Northfield (Bass Pro Shop, Macy’s, many others)
2 pm – Ladies Tea at the Brown Palace ($39). We encourage car-pooling.
2-5 pm – Tour the Chapter’s own Helicopter War Museum (in the Hotel parking lot).
5pm – Hospitality Suite – Refreshments
7 pm – Dinner. Speaker will be Army Aviator Robert Stewart, former astronaut, who will be talking to us about his Army Aviation experiences before NASA. Also, brief remarks will be offered regarding our service in Vietnam many years ago.
The Rocky Mountain Chapter of VHPA website (www.vhparmc.org) will have more detail as developed. This event is primarily to allow us to celebrate and see friends again. Please bring your pals and wives along – they will probably either know someone there or at least meet them and develop those common bonds that our helicopter brotherhood has developed.
Important — We would like you to send electronically, ten of your personal photos of Vietnam. If possible, make five of them about helicopters, 2-3 about you, and 2-3 about Vietnam in general. We will try to flash them on a screen during dinner. Our hope is to have a couple of hundred of slides. E-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If going onto the base at Buckley, please be sure to get the info to Fred Lyssy so that the pre-clearance paperwork can be submitted. They will allow active or retired military ID holders onto the base if they are in the DBIDS data base. Otherwise, you must be pre-cleared. We are going to ask for folks to carpool to get onto the base. The visit to the Army National Guard facility will be great – they occupy the largest building on base – the facility is everything you could hope for in Army Aviation. We will be able to get up close and into the helicopters.
The hospitality suite will have beer, wine and soft drinks available. We will make the prices reasonable. There will be seats for casual group gatherings.
Dress – during the day, Colorado Casual. For Dinner – men are requested to wear coat and tie and military decorations (if desired and available). Ladies are asked to wear cocktail attire for the dinner. We will have two hotel rooms available for freshening up. One will be for the women; one for the guys.
In the afternoon, we will have the DVD showing the movement of Huey 091 to the Smithsonian available for viewing.
Denver LZ Registration
Deadline — Sept 23, 2011
Contact Information: _________________________________________Ph/email/as desired
Mediterranean Chicken ________ No. requested.
Prime Rib _________No requested
Vegetarian _________ No requested.
Anyone who plans to go onto Buckley AFB to see the helicopters must be pre-cleared. To do so, send your name (last, first, MI); Date of Birth; Drivers License number and State of Issue, and full Social Security Number. An access roster will be sent to the installation by the Chapter five duty days in advance. The base will run a “Wants and Warrant Check” on everyone.
If your lady would like to attend High Tea at the Brown Palace, please advise by September 23rd. We currently have space for 20 reservations; if more attend the Brown Palace will need to add another table. The cost is $ 39.00 for the tea.
Please include a check for $ 60.00 per person made out to Rocky Mountain Chapter, VHPA. If wife is attending the Brown Palace Tea, please include the extra $39.00. Mail registration form and check to Fred Lyssy, 2045 Newcombe Drive, Lakewood, CO. Phone numbers are 303-232-2152 (home) or 303-748-5110 (cell).
I am attending the Buckley static helicopter display. The following information is provided:
_____________________ _______ _____________ _______ ________________
Name (Last, First, MI) DOB Drivers Lic # State Issued Full SSAN
Total Payment Enclosed – $ ____________