Wednesday, June 20th through Saturday, June 23rd, 2018.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Courtyard by Marriott
Concord, North Carolina
Located at: 7201 Scott Padgett Parkway, Concord, North Carolina, 28027
To make hotel reservations, call the hotel directly at (704) 453-2600
or book online at the following link: Hotel Reservations Click Here.
If you book your reservation by phone, identify yourself as being with the 26th Infantry Regiment Association to get the group rate. The guest room rate for those attending the reunion is $129.00 (plus taxes; includes breakfast buffet for two guests per room).
TRANSPORTATION: Charlotte Douglass International Airport (CLT) is approximately 15 miles south of the airport. Taxi fares are approximately $45 one way. A map and directions can be found at the following link: Directions to Courtyard by Marriott
Concord Regional Airport features Allegiant Air, a low-cost airline flying to limited cities, and is approximately 5 miles from the hotel. Click Here for a map and directions.
Amtrak has a station in Charlotte and Kannapolis, both approximately 15 miles from the hotel. Click Here for a map and reservations.
1000-1700 Wednesday through Friday
TOURS: All tours will be ticketed events and individuals must sign up and pay for each tour as part of the reunion registration process. The following provides an overview of the tours by day on Thursday and Friday.
THURSDAY TOUR(S): June 21st, 2018.
Kings Mountain National Military Park. Thomas Jefferson called it “The turn of the tide of success.” The battle of Kings Mountain, fought October 7th, 1780, was an important American victory during the Revolutionary War. The battle was the first major patriot victory to occur after the British invasion of Charleston, SC in May 1780. The park preserves the site of this important battle. We will travel by bus to the National Military Park. Upon arrival, we will have an opportunity to watch a short movie on site, tour the museum and battlefield park, and will have a box lunch at a local picnic area. We will return to the hotel in the mid afternoon for some downtime before heading to the second activity for the day.
Charlotte Knights Minor League Baseball. The Blue Spaders will watch the Charlotte Knights play the Toledo Mud Hens in our own picnic area above the left field wall. Attendance includes a ticket to the game, an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner, and non-alcoholic drinks during the game. We will leave the hotel at approximately 6pm for a game start time of 7:05pm. We will return by bus at the end of the game.
FRIDAY TOUR: June 22nd, 2018.
Veterans Monument of Valor/ NASCAR Day . The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority honors veterans groups that visit the city with a personalized plaque on the Mark Syrkin Monument of Valor. We will attend a short dedication ceremony where a bronze plaque will be placed on the Monument of Valor to commemorate the Blue Spader’s service to our country. After we place the monument, we will tour the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The NASCAR HoF honors the icons of the sport and is a high tech venue designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-race fans alike. Following lunch on site, we will take a tour of Charlotte Motor Speedway. The tour cost includes transportation, tickets to the NASCAR Museum, Speedway Tour, and the Monument of Valor Dedication. There are a number of options for lunch to include the Pit Stop Café in the museum and local establishments nearby. After the Speedway tour, we will return to the hotel for the day.
SATURDAY SCHEDULE: June 23rd, 2018
0900-1100 Annual Business Meeting (Coffee Service)
1100-1200 Silent Auction Last Chance before closing at noon
1200-1700 Command Post Operations
1700– Load buses for Banquet at the Speedway Club
Reception followed by dinner
Dinner menu includes four choices for the main dish:
Fish – Grilled Mahi Topped with Mango Salsa
Beef – Filet grilled and served with sautéed mushrooms and demi glaze
Chicken – Pan seared chicken breast with mushroom marsala sauce
Vegetarian – Grilled vegetable ravioli with sautéed spinach and pesto cream
2100– Load buses for return to the hotel
2130-2400 Command Post Operations
COMMAND POST, SUPPLY ROOM, SILENT AUCTION: Wednesday through Friday, open at noon. Silent Auction open form 11 to noon on Saturday as well. Command Post open on Saturday from noon until the banquet and then open again after the banquet until midnight.