GENERAL JACKSON RIVERBOAT
As always our reunion was a festive and memorable occasion that not only provided us with lots of fond memories, but it also contributed to fostering a very special relationship that embraces both the troopers and their wives. Many participants expressed the importance of this relationship during the course of the reunion and one trooper captured this sentiment in a thank-you email by referring to the “Eager Arms Family”. Another thought provoking outcome are remarks like this from several of the wives: “I have learnt a lot of things about my husband that I was not aware of”. As a general summation, our reunions provide a forum for discussing an epic period of our lives and an opportunity to focus on the three main objectives of our association – fellowship, healing and honoring our fallen heroes.
Our first activity was a visit to the Jack Daniels Distillery on Thursday and this involved a long bus ride through beautiful Tennessee countryside. Janice Dill was our “fantastic” tour guide for all of the activities and she certainly entertained us during the bus ride to the distillery. Janice kept us busy looking for the no-show “walking horses”, while at the same time participating in a Tennessee history bingo lesson where everyone wins a prize. We also had a Tennessee language lesson that included vague definitions for y’all, fixin to leave, and that magic word “yonder” that has a special meaning when combined with a slight hand movement, and so on. One thing that we will never forget was her hilarious performance when she sang the “Ode To The Little Brown Shack Out Back”. There was some commotion and a lot of laughter after the third verse when some of our troopers jokingly requested that she stopped singing.
TOUR GUIDE JANICE DILL
JACK DANIELS DISTILLERY
MISS BOBO’S BOARDING HOUSE
We spent most of the time during the evenings at our hospitality suite, the Mandarin Room, and this is where Bill Sherwood and Bob Patterson kept a well-stocked bar. Our dedicated cooks -Kathie Sherwood, Barbara Stine and Jean Patterson, excelled in providing delicious snacks during the evenings and a wonderful Saturday Night Supper.
MORE WAR STORIES
So that the troopers could tell and retell their embellished war stories without interference from their wives, they came up with a brilliant scheme to keep them gainfully occupied; provide them with a gigantic puzzle and apparently someone removed a couple of pieces to make sure they could not complete it.
SATURDAY NIGHT SUPPER
Although Darlene and Carl Arney planned to attend the reunion, they had to cancel at the last minute due to a health problem. Fortunately, we were able to bring the reunion to Carl with a treasured visit by several of his combat buddies.
Another reunion highlight was our dinner and show at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday evening. This is the show that made country music and Nashville famous, and we enjoyed hearing a variety of artists who were either “wannabes” or part of what is known as the “Opry Family”. After the show we found our wonderful Janice, who was all “lit-up”.
DINNER BEFORE THE GRAND
OLE OPRY SHOW
GRAND OLE OPRY SHOW
For most of us, the lunch and show on the General Jackson Showboat on Saturday was our best activity and a wonderful experience. The food and show was outstanding, and we all enjoyed the cruise on the Cumberland River with live entertainment provided by Steve Hall and Shotgun Red. These entertainers certainly lived up to their reputation for providing a “jaw-droppin' and gut-bustin' show”, and the Southern-style buffet was “mouth-watering”.
GENERAL JACKSON SHOWBOAT
SALUTE DURING MEMORIAL
Thanks for photographs to Jean Patterson, Barb Hedberg, Jim Miles and Jim Beck
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