Wednesday, June 19th through Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
Clarksville, Tennessee and Fort Campbell, Kentucky
To make hotel reservations, call the hotel directly at (877) 487-4837, 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 $115.15 which includes taxes and breakfast.
TRANSPORTATION: Nashville International Airport (BNA) is approximately 47 miles away. Shuttle fares are approximately $45-65 one way, Taxi is between $110-140.
REUNION CHECK-IN: 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 on Thursday and Friday.
THURSDAY TOUR/EVENT: June 20th, 2019.
Day with Soldiers.
The active duty Soldiers of the 1st Battalion 26th Infantry host Association members and their guest to a day at FT. Campbell, Kentucky. The events will consist of static displays and a tour of the battalion headquarters. For those interested, there will also be a tour of the newly refurbished Pratt Museum. Lunch will be provided for those who want it at 2nd Brigade “Strike” Dining facility. Cost will be $6 per person, so please bring cash for this. Each Association member will be matched with a Soldier to tour with them for the entire day. Just like the reunion back in 2016, this will be the time to build rapport and keep the link between our Blue Spader Veterans and the Active Duty Soldiers because Once a Blue Spader, Always a Blue Spader.
Join us for the “Taste of the South” buffet at the Riverview. There will be pulled pork, fried chicken, and several other “fixins”. After the welcome dinner, spouse are invited to the Volunteer Room for the Spouses’ Annual gathering. There will be desserts, coffee and tea.
FRIDAY TOUR(S): June 21st, 2019.
FT. Donelson, National Cemetery Tour, and Old Glory Distillery Tour.
The Fort Donelson National Battlefield gives us the opportunity to explore the 1862 battlefield and to understand why this campaign was so important in the American Civil War. We will also visit the National Cemetery where Soldiers from the battle of FT. Donelson and other Soldiers, including four Blue Spaders, are laid to rest. The Blue Spaders at this cemetery represent members from the Philippines’ War, WWI, WWII and Vietnam.
We’ll return to Clarksville where we will have a catered lunch provided by Mission BBQ at the Old Glory Distillery. After lunch, we will take a tour of the facility and be given the opportunity to taste their small batch spirits. There is also a gift store for any purchases you may want to make.
SATURDAY SCHEDULE: June 22nd, 2019
This is the final official day of the reunion which will start with the annual business meeting in the morning. The silent auction will end at noon then you can pick up any items you’ve won between 1400- 1600. That evening, we will cap off the reunion with our annual banquet where we will again have time with the Soldiers from the battalion.
During the day, you can walk right across the street to visit the Clarksville Downtown Market. This open air market features local farmers, artisans and businesses who offer fresh grown produce, food items and handcrafted products.
If you want to really take in the scenery, you will enjoy the Cumberland River Walk and McGregor Park which includes a riverfront promenade, wharf, amphitheatre, and the overlook plaza.
0800-1300- Clarksville Downtown Market (less than a block from hotel) 0900-1100- Annual Business Meeting
1100-1200- Silent Auction Last Chance before closing at noon
1200-1700- Command Post Operations
1400-1700- Pickup silent auction items
1800-2100- Banquet-Reception followed by dinner
Chicken-Pecan crusted chicken breast
Beef- Apricot and ginger glazed flank steak Vegetarian-Bean cassoulet with great northern beans
2130-UTC- Command Post Operations
COMMAND POST, SUPPLY ROOM, SILENT AUCTION: Wednesday through Friday, open at noon. On Saturday, the Silent Auction is open for one hour from 11 to noon.
Command Post is open on Saturday from noon until the banquet and then open again after the banquet until midnight.