2017 Reunion of 1st BN, 1st Marines Vietnam Veterans
(1965 - 1971)

State of Minnesota
Mall of America Area

August 23rd- August 27th

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Greetings fellow 1/1 Veterans and family members,

The 2017 Reunion for the First Battalion, First Marines Vietnam Veterans is scheduled for August 23nd – 27th. I am posting the schedule of events below followed by a description of the events. wreath
These are but a few highlights of the Reunion and include:

  • Visit to the MN Vietnam Veterans Memorial located on the State Capitol grounds
  • A day at the historical city of Stillwater and brunch river cruise on the Saint Croix River
  • An optional day on a local gun and rifle range with entertainment, food and prizes
  • A women’s luncheon and silent auction
  • Company Luncheons
  • And the Battalion Reception and Dinner

In addition to the scheduled activities:

  • The Mall of America amenities are readily available and include shopping, restaurants, night clubs, daily public attractions, movie theaters and more…
  • Free bus rides to the MN State Fair (begins August 24th)
  • Free bus rides to the local Mystic Lake Casino
  • Free light rail to downtown areas to cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
  • Plenty of free time to socialize and connect with other veterans and local resources
  • Free airport shuttle

In the meantime, along with other planning team members, we reaffirm our commitment to make this Reunion a great and enjoyable event. In addition, it is my intention to make every effort to follow a sound and structured fiscal plan that will allow for sufficient reserve funds to carry over toward the 2019 Reunion planning.

Meanwhile with your help we can reach out to other 1/1er’s to attend the Reunion.

Finally, if you should have any thoughts, ideas or would like to volunteer in some capacity, please do not hesitate to call or email me at (952) 303-1534 or SamuelVerdeja@yahoo.com. Minnesota and its people look forward to welcome you and guests during the 2017 1/1 Reunion!

Wishing you and your families a great and enjoyable holiday season

Samuel Ortiz Verdeja, Chair
2017 1/1 Vietnam Veterans Reunion
1969-’70 Delta Company