2024 ADVA Annual Reunion
October 9-13, 2024
New Orleans, Louisiana
Update Posted January 27, 2024.
Americal Division Veterans Association Reunion - New Orleans – October 7-14, 2024
All information is in the Jan-Feb-Mar edition of the Americal Journal magazine. Expected delivery by mail is Feb 28.
Host hotel: Doubletree by Hilton New Orleans Airport. 2150 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, LA 70062
Hotel Reservation Information: If you will not be using a computer or smartphone, please call the reservation line at 800-222-8733 or 504-467-3111 ask for the Americal Division Veterans Association group rate. Online Hotel Reservations Link: https://www.hilton.com/en/attend-my-event/americaldivsionveteransassociation-oct2024/
Rate: $141.00 per night plus applicable taxes (currently 14.2% occupancy tax per room, per night). Breakfast: Complimentary Hot American Breakfast Buffet Daily per guest – Served in hotel restaurant. Guests will receive a 15% discount in the hotel restaurant (must show badge) – alcohol is not included.
Cut-off Date: Reservations by attendees must be received on or before September 17, 2024, (the “Cut-Off Date”). At the Cut-Off Date the Hotel will review the reservations pick up for the Event and release the unreserved rooms for general sale. Any reservations requests received after the “Cut Off Date” including modifications, name changes, and additions for the group will be accepted on a space available basis at the group’s rate.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received 24 hours prior to arrival date or there will be a charge of one night’s room plus tax. Should you need to cancel your guestroom reservation, you must call the hotel. Canceling your reunion registration does not cancel your hotel reservation. Please call the hotel directly at 504-467-3111.
Parking & Shuttle Information: The hotel does provide a complimentary hotel shuttle to and from Airport. Once you arrive and have collected your luggage, exit Door #3 and stand by pick-up area B5. The reduced parking charge is $7.00 per vehicle, per day. Wheelchair Rental ScootAround rents both manual and power wheelchairs by the day and week. Please call (888) 441-7575 or visit https://scootaround.com/en/washington-dc for details and to make reservations.
EVENT REGISTRATION (Through Armed Forces Reunions, Inc.)
Go to online event registration form at www.events.afr-reg.com/e/Americal2024
Go to printable .pdf form for event registration at Click Here .
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9
1:00pm - 7:00pm Reunion Registration Open
Unit Hospitality Rooms open at discretion of coordinators
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
9:00am - 11:00am Reunion Registration Open
9:00am - 2:30pm City Tour
2:00pm - 6:00pm Reunion Registration Open
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
8:00am - 11:00am Reunion Registration Open
9:00am - 3:00pm National World War II Museum
3:00pm - 6:00pm Reunion Registration Open
5:00pm - 6:00pm Banquet Table Reservation Sheets will be collected at Reunion Registration Desk.
5:30pm - 6:30pm Memorial Service – Subject to Change
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12
8:00am - 9:45am Executive Council Meeting
10:00am - 11:30am Association Business Meeting
5:00pm - 5:45pm First Time Attendee Reception
6:00pm - 7:00pm Social Hour/Seating
7:00pm - 11:00pm Banquet Dinner
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13
Farewells and departures
CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY FOR ARMED FORCES REUNIONS, INC.
For attendees canceling reunion activities prior to the cut-off date (September 9, 2024), Armed Forces Reunions, Inc. (AFR) shall process a full refund less the Americal registration fee and non-refundable AFR registration fee ($10 per person). Attendees canceling reunion activities after the cut-off date will be refunded to the fullest extent that AFR’s vendor commitments and guarantees will allow, less the Americal registration fee and non-refundable AFR registration fee. Cancellations will only be taken Monday through Friday from 9:00am until 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time, excluding holidays. Please call (757) 625-6401 to cancel reunion activities and obtain a cancellation code. Refunds will be processed 4-6 weeks after the reunion. Canceling your hotel reservation does not cancel your reunion activities. You must contact AFR to cancel your reunion registration.
TOUR /EVENT DESCRIPTIONS
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
Your tour of the Crescent City begins with views and stories of Lake Pontchartrain, and continues to unique above-ground cemeteries. Enjoy the trip down historical St. Charles Avenue complete with universities, parks, old oaks, stately charm, and an operational streetcar line. Hear the stories of Hurricane Katrina and see first-hand the long-lasting effect it has had on New Orleans. Continue to the French Quarter (the “Vieux Carre”), where a blend of French and Spanish cultures intermingles with a modern lifestyle. Also witness the bustling seaport activities, which are such an important aspect of the city’s economy. Enjoy free time at Jackson Square, the focal point of activity in the French Quarter and explore the area with its gracious iron balconies and lovely courtyards. Lunch is on your own in Jax Brewery, an old landmark transformed into a modern complex of shops and eateries, or at one of the many fine restaurants in the Quarter.
9:00am board bus, 2:30pm back at hotel
$57/Person includes bus and guide. Lunch on your own.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM
Dedicated in 2000 as the National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as the country’s official WWII Museum, this remarkable attraction illuminates the American experience during the WWII era. From the Normandy invasion to the sands of the Pacific Islands and the Home Front, you will see the courage, teamwork and sacrifice of the men and women who won the war that changed the world. Explore moving personal stories and powerful interactive displays. Visit the U.S. Freedom
Pavilion: The Boeing Center, which tells the story of our nation’s unprecedented industrial capability during the war years. Explore the evolving strategy for fighting across the Pacific and in Asia, and the cultural differences and tremendous range of extreme conditions that confronted our soldiers. Also learn about the faltering first battles in North Africa to the bloody struggle at Germany's doorstep. The immersive galleries recreate actual battle settings and villages. For an additional cost view the powerfully authentic 4-D cinematic experience, Beyond All Boundaries, narrated and produced by Tom Hanks, in the Solomon Victory Theater. Visit the Soda Shop or Chef John Besh’s The American Sector Restaurant for lunch on your own.
9:00am board bus, 3:00pm back at hotel
$69/Person includes bus, escort, and admission. Movies and lunch are on your own.
Please be at the bus boarding area at least fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled time. All tours require a minimum of thirty-five people.
Driver and Guide gratuities are not included in tour prices.
NOTE: There is a limit of one hydraulically lifted scooter or wheelchair per handicap accessible bus. If you use a scooter but can climb the steps to board the bus, either you and/or a person traveling with you must be able to put the scooter in the bus’s luggage compartment. Due to liability issues, drivers and tour guides cannot assist with scooters.
Fellow ADVA members will help with scooter or wheelchair loading and unloading.
Cancellation: We hope that you are able to make the reunion and have a great time. But if it is necessary for you to cancel your arrangements please do so as soon as possible. An early cancellation will allow for the maximum refund to you. If you make hotel reservations then you must cancel directly with the hotel. If you make event reservations then you must cancel directly with Armed Forces Reunions, Inc. An early cancellation with the hotel should result in no charges to you. A cancellation with Armed Forces Reunions, Inc. will refund as much as possible but the registration fee is not refunded. Please contact the reunion chairman if you have questions related to cancellation and refunds.