LB Reunion After Action Report
Little Bear Reunion-Williamsburg, VA
April 25 -29, 2007 were the dates of this year's reunion held in colonial Williamsburg. Many of us pitched camp at the Four Points by Sheraton. The service was genuine and impeccable.
Nearly 50 Little Bears and guests-wives, girlfriends, and sometimes both were present for the festivities. With no set agenda, members were on their own to visit the local sites. Some ventured to Jamestown, Fort Eustis, Busch Gardens, and The Wall.
The weather was a strange mix of clear and cold to hot and wet. Pollen irritated many.
The hospitality suite was hopping from the git-go up to the very end when dedicated professional Little Bears Ben Brint, Dean Carte, and Ron Hall shut it down at O dark thirty Saturday night or was that Sunday morning?
With Williamsburg on the east coast, many Little Bears had to travel some distance to attend. John and Rose-Anne Webb flew in from Sydney, Australia to win the farthest distance traveled. West coast attendees included Mark Hiroshima from Oregon and Andy and Ruth Carr from Washington. Andy dragged his RV for nine days to make the reunion.
The group photo was a chore for all. With only a few missing, the photographer moved us around like minnows in a bucket. Perspiration and groping were the highlights of the effort. Someone suggested we change our name to the Little “Gay” Bears after that ordeal. We were close in combat, but not that close.
When it was all over, the consensus was that a successful reunion had taken place thanks to Harold Dye and his monumental effort.
The Wall, 25th Anniversary
On Saturday, 28 April 2007, Joe and Linda Reale loaded their van for the trek to The Wall. Ben Brint, Ron Hall, Dale Gueller, and Garry Paris went along.
The two hour and 45 minute drive from Williamsburg met with near collisions and heavy traffic. One should never attempt this during the work week.
At The Wall, we located comrades and took rubbings of their names. The crowds were heavy as usual, but solemn in action. The utmost respect is the norm for visitors from all over the world.
Souvenir booths were great for finding pins and patches, but the commercialism did not fit the setting.
As we left The Wall, we toured the major sites in the Capitol with most blocked off to foot traffic only.
Reports by Ron Hall, Little Bear Association Secretary
(To be Continued)