The Hotel is under contract, the venues have been chosen and the meals selected for the 2017 Reunion in San Diego. It should be a lot of fun! Sure hope to see you there!!!
We will be staying at the Holiday Inn Bayside where the rooms normally run between $170.36 – $306.74 per day according to my last search for the dates we will be staying there. “Whoa!” you say. Not to worry–our room rate will be only $125.00 plus tax per day. The Holiday Inn Bayside caters to reunion groups, especially the military and it was the “best deal in town.” Be sure that when you make your reservation you tell the person on the other end that you are with the 483rd Bombardment Group. (Also see separate article on Hotel.)
The Early Bird Tour, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday tours will be:
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery is a federal military cemetery in the city of San Diego, California. It is located on the grounds of the former Army coastal artillery station Fort Rosecrans.
Cabrillo National Monument
Climbing out of his boat and onto shore in 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources.
La Jolla Lighthouse
The Old Point Loma Lighthouse stood watch over the entrance to San Diego Bay for 36 years. At dusk on November 15, 1855, the light keeper climbed the winding stairs and lit the light for the first time. What seemed to be a good location 422 feet above sea level, however, had a serious flaw. Fog and low clouds often obscured the light. On March 23, 1891, the light was extinguished and the keeper moved to a new lighthouse location closer to the water at the tip of the Point.
Junipero Serra Museum
Operated by the San Diego History Center, the Junípero Serra Museum is an iconic regional landmark. Located just above Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, the Serra sits on one of the most significant historical sites on the West Coast, the site of the first permanent European settlement in what is today the State of California.
Old Town San Diego
Old Town is the historic heart of San Diego. Created in 1769, Old Town San Diego was California’s first settlement with only a mission and a fort. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is in the center of Old Town. Here you can experience life from the early Mexican-American period of 1821-1872 through rich living history programs. Watch forms come to life at the blacksmith and woodworker shops, and read a newspaper from the 19th century.
Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban cultural park in San Diego. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. There are also many recreational facilities and several gift shops and restaurants within the boundaries of the park. Placed in reserve in 1835, the park’s site is one of the oldest in the United States dedicated to public recreational use. Balboa Park is managed and maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of San Diego.
The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park honors the men and women who served their country in the U.S. Armed Forces and Wartime Merchant Marine by documenting their contributions and experiences and preserving their legacy for future generations through their individual stories. And, if you are interested in telling your story please stay tuned for information on how to do it.
Air and Space Museum at Balboa Park
Aviation history is truly a remarkable story, and it all unfolds at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. The motto of the Museum is:
Preserve significant artifacts of air and space history and technology. Inspire excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Educate the public about the historical and social significance of air and space technology and engage its promise for the future. Celebrate aviation and space flight history and technology.
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum & Historical Foundation
The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is a one of a kind U.S. Marines aviation museum, developed by a dedicated museum staff and many volunteers, and strongly supported by the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation. This command museum is located at MCAS Miramar San Diego.
Explore a floating city at sea and relive nearly 50 years of world history aboard the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Exhibits range from the crew’s sleeping quarters to a massive galley, engine room the ship’s jail, officer’s country, post office, machine shops, and pilots’ ready rooms, as well as primary flight control and the bridge high in the island over the flight deck.
Seaport Village is a waterfront shopping and dining complex adjacent to San Diego Bay.
In 2016 this museum celebrated its 20th Anniversary. The museum features the best craftsmen from around the world and their miniature projects in metal and wood and is the world’s largest permanent collection of model engineering excellence.
Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
GIA, is a nonprofit institute dedicated to research and education in the field of gemology and the jewelry arts. Founded in 1931, GIA’s mission is to protect all buyers and sellers of gemstones by setting and maintaining the standards used to evaluate gemstone quality. The institute does so through research, gem identification and diamond grading services and a variety of educational programs. Through its world-renowned library and subject experts, GIA acts as a resource of gem and jewelry information for the trade, the public and worldwide media outlets.
Museum of Making Music
The museum opened to the public on March 5, 2000. Its mission is to “explore the accomplishments and impact of the music products industry through educational and interactive exhibitions and programs and directly connect visitors with hands-on music making.”
Admiral Kidd Center
This modern building is virtually surrounded by the splendor of the San Diego Bay and downtown skyline. The Admiral Kidd Center boasts a view available only to the city’s most exclusive hotels and restaurants. The Center is located on Naval Base Point Loma at the Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command (NMAWC).