2020 ADVA National Reunion
August 19-23, 2020 Indianapolis, Indiana
Updated January 25, 2020
LOCATION: Wyndham Indianapolis West, 2544 Executive Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46241
HOTEL RESERVATION PROCEDURE: The reunion room rate is $129, plus tax, per night, with free daily breakfast. The Group rate is offered 3 days before and 3 days after reunion dates, based on hotel’s availability. Various reservation options are listed below. Rates cannot be adjusted at check-in or check-out for guests who fail to identify their affiliation with the Americal Division Veterans Association when making reservations. Note: In accordance with proposed hotel reservation changes for 2020, all reservations will be charged a non-refundable deposit of one night’s room rate and tax when the reservation is made.
Reservation Phone Numbers: When calling in room reservations ALWAYS indicate you are with the Americal Division Veterans Association use Code ADV at the Wyndham Indianapolis West. This will avoid any possible complications when making reservations through the national reservation office.
Wyndham West Direct: (317)-248-2481
Wyndham Hotels Toll Free (877) 361-4511 (National Reservation Office)
Event/Dinner Registration Form:
Forms available in 2020 publications of the “Americal Journal”and registration may also be done
at www.afr-reg.com/americal2020 (available soon)
Tours and Amenities:
Indianapolis 500 Race Track and Museum Tour
Indianapolis War Memorials and Museum Tour (Indianapolis is second only to Washington, DC in the number of monuments and museums which are armed services related. Almost all are within walking distance of each other and near the National Headquarters of the American Legion.)
Dallara Indycar Factory Tour: See the building of an Indycar, use racing simulators, participate in the interactive zone, take a ride in a 2-seater Indycar (if you can fit!).
Free airport shuttle to and from the Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel (see note below).
Free breakfast, Wi-Fi and parking are available at the Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel
RV parking without hook ups will be available at the Wyndham Hotel.
RV parking with hook-ups will be available at American Legion Post 500. *
ONLY 2 hospitality suites left available for chapters or units. Please contact Chuck Holdaway to reserve a suite. THESE SUITES ARE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS until they are gone.
HOTEL AND RV RESERVATIONS MAY BE MADE AT ANY TIME STARTING NOW
HOTEL SHUTTLE & PARKING: The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service from the airport. Please contact the hotel upon your arrival in baggage claim. The hotel also offers free parking for all guests
WHEELCHAIR RENTAL: ScootAround rents both manual and power wheelchairs by the day and week. Please call (888) 441-7575 or visit www.scootaround for details or to make reservations.
2020 ADVA Reunion Tours (Under Consideration)
The tours below are currently being set up by the Armed Forces Reunion Group and will appear on our Reunion Registration Form which will appear in upcoming Americal Journal publication and on the Americal Division Veterans Association web site and the 2/1 Chapter web site.
Indiana War Memorial and Museum Tour
Indianapolis devotes more acreage than any other U.S. city to honoring our nation’s fallen, and is second only to Washington, DC, in the number of war memorials.
Soldiers and Sailors Monument
The Soldiers and Sailors Monument is the physical and spiritual heart of Indianapolis. The circle was originally intended to house the governor's mansion, but no governor wanted to live in such a public location. Instead, it was decided after the civil war to erect a monument to those who fought. An international competition resulted in the selection of German architect Bruno Schmitz in 1887. The monument was completed in 1901 and measures 284 feet tall. The basement contains a Civil War Museum and the top is crowned with a statue of Victory. You can visit an observatory via stairs or (for $1) an elevator.
Indiana World War Memorial & Museum
This memorial honors the Indiana men killed in World War I. The Military Museum inside also lists all of the Hoosiers killed or missing in action through the Vietnam War. The memorial building is set far above street level, and ascends almost 210 feet. On the south side of the building sits the largest bronze casting sculpture ever made in America, "Pro Patria." Inside the building you'll encounter an art deco lobby, a theatre used for public gatherings, and the awe-inspiring Shrine Room on the top level.
The land occupied by University Park was initially designated for a state university, but the idea never came to fruition. Following the Civil War funds were raised to transform the land into a park. At the center of the park is the Depew Fountain, a five-level fountain built in 1919. You’ll also find sculptures of President Benjamin Harrison, Abraham Lincoln, Schuyler Colfax, and Ulysses S. Grant. Syrinx the wood nymph and Pan the satyr also call the park home.
American Legion Mall
The American Legion Mall stretches between two city blocks, from St. Clair Street on the north to North Street on the south. The mall is flanked by the American Legion National headquarters and the headquarters for the American Legion’s Dept. of Indiana. In 1931, the Sunken Garden/Cenotaph Square was built to pay tribute to Hoosiers who have died in war. It also remembers the nation’s first casualty of World War I, James Bethal Gresham of Evansville, IN. The tomb for James Bethal Gresham is surrounded by four art-deco pillars topped with gold eagles.
Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial
Created by artists Eric Fulford and Ann Reed of ROAMworks, this series of 27 curved glass walls pays tribute to 3,456 Medal of Honor recipients representing 15 different conflicts. Every day at dusk, the Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial plays recorded stories of medal winners or of the conflicts in which they fought.
Vietnam and Korean War Memorials
A feature of the American Legion Mall, the half-cylinder Korean and Vietnam memorials were dedicated in 1996. You may notice that the Vietnam piece is a little bit larger than the Korean. This is to show the relationship between the number of people killed or missing in action in the two wars. 1,525 men and women were killed in Vietnam and 927 were killed during the Korean War. The names of each person have been inscribed on the concave side of each sculpture. The convex side contains excerpts from letters home from troops deployed to the battlefield, and some narrative about the war.
World War II Memorial
Designed with the intent to be similar to the Vietnam and Korean War Memorials, this monument is on the east side of the American Legion Mall. It is just shy of 20’ wide, much larger than the other two, reflecting the size and scale of World War II, and is truly a half-circle. This memorial displays messages on the concave and convex sides of this half-circle. The concave side displays letters from Indiana World War II veterans, and the operations completed during the war. The convex side of the memorial exhibits a history of the war, and acknowledges the Hoosier Medal of Honor recipients and notable Hoosier units.
Veteran's Memorial Plaza
Centrally located in the seven-block war memorial district, Veteran's Memorial Plaza honors all Indiana veterans. The centerpiece is an Obelisk that reaches 100 feet. It was constructed out of black Berwick granite in 1930. At the base of the Obelisk are bronze tablets that share the four essential elements of the nation’s hopes; law, science, religion and education. A 100-foot diameter fountain made from pink Georgia marble and terrazzo surrounds the Obelisk. The plaza accommodates large gatherings and serves as a dedicated space for the 50 state flags.
USS Indianapolis Memorial
Installed on the east bank of the Central Canal in 1995, the USS Indianapolis Memorial was designed by Joseph Fischer to recognize those who died on the last U.S. ship to sink in World War II. Created in the shape of the cruiser itself, the gray and black granite memorial has the story of the sinking etched on one side and, on the other, the names of all of those who served. Of the approximately 1,200 sailors that were on board, only 317 survived.
Indiana 9/11 Memorial
Established in 2010 to honor those killed in 9/11 attack, the memorial consists of two 11,000-pound beams from the Twin Towers. Behind the beams stand a pair of six-foot tall black granite walls inscribed with remembrances of the events in New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Perched atop one of the beams is a bronze, life-size sculpture of an American Bald Eagle, with wings outstretched and gazing east toward New York City.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
In 1909 the Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened as a test track for the infant automobile industry. During 1909 and 1910 the Speedway promoted several short races but these weren’t the success the owners desired. For 1911 the owners decided there should be only one race and it would be for 500 miles. And, a tradition was born.
During your visit to this century-old facility you enjoy a narrated tour while traveling around the 2.5 mile oval. At the start-finish line there is the opportunity to get off the bus and kiss the famous yard of bricks. Also included is admission to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum which displays many cars that won the Indy 500 along with other automobiles from around the world. The museum also displays hundreds of items regarding racing memorabilia which includes racing uniforms, timing equipment, tires, a replica of a early 1900s garage. The Speedway also offers a gift shop and a Photo Car gives you a chance to take a seat in a real race car. Printed photos are available for purchase or use your own camera for free. The IMS is located directly across the street from the American Legion Post where we will have RV parking available with 25 and 35 amp hook-ups.
We currently have some extra activities for the afternoons. in the planning stages. We hope to have some entertainment at the hotel hospitality area Thursday through Saturday and a shuttle to and from a local sports bar/restaurant available. Also, if you have a group that would like to go out for lunch or dinner, we are working with some restaurants in the area to provide reservations for groups. If this is accomplished, more information will be forthcoming on the web sites and in the Americal Journal. We realize not all folks want to go on the tours and, hopefully, we will be able to provide some alternatives.