Friends of the 416th Bomb Group
2021 Reunion Announcement
Windsor Locks, Connecticut
October 13-16, 2021
Friends of the 416th Bomb Group - 2021 Reunion
Windsor Locks, CT - October 13-16, 2021
June 8, 2021
Hello Friends of the 416th Bomb Group!
After a long, difficult year and missing our reunion last year, we are finally planning to get together in Connecticut this year! The 2021 Friends of the 416th Bomb Group Reunion will meet in Windsor Locks, CT October 13-16, 2021 (Wednesday check-in, Saturday check-out).
The reunion will be similar to past reunions but altered to accommodate the different circumstances we now face. As of this writing, the state of Connecticut has lifted most COVD-19 restrictions except unvaccinated people are still required to wear masks indoors. All vaccinated people are allowed to participate in all indoor (and outdoor) activities except as restricted by local businesses. Of course, depending on conditions going forward, these requirements can change. It does appear we are close to returning to normal!
For this reunion, we've shortened the reunion timeframe and simplified the agenda. There will likely be fewer attending this year and sadly, as of this writing, no WWII veterans able to attend. The good news is we will be joined by a few veterans who served at Wethersfield during the Cold War. The common bond of Wethersfield service will be interesting to learn and talk about as we welcome them to our gathering. Also, several of our group's newer Friends are planning to attend and are excited to meet and learn more about their loved ones who served with the 416th Bomb Group.
We will host the reunion in the same hotel as in 2011 and 2012, that is, the Hampton Inn/Hartford Airport in Windsor Locks. They have agreed to give us a group rate of $92.00 per night. You must make your reservation no later than one month prior (September 13, 2021). Please call, the hotel's phone number is 860-683-1118 and mention Friends of the 416th Bomb Group to get the special rate. You may also click this direct link for our group to reserve rooms at the Hampton Inn for our reunion.
The New England Air Museum (NEAM) will again welcome us and have agreed to a group rate of $13.00 per person if we have ten or more people. We plan to visit the museum on Thursday, October 14 most likely in the morning. The museum will have people knowledgeable about the 416th aircraft, the A-26, "Reida Rae" an aircraft that saw service and was flown by our veterans in WWII. The "Reida Rae" was dedicated in 2012 after its restoration led by Carl Sgamboti, Honorary Veteran member of the 416th Bomb Group, and volunteers. The hotel has a shuttle service to get us to and from the airport and museum.
Veterans and Wives at the 2012 Dedication Ceremony
On Friday, October 15, we will have our yearly business meeting and we also hope to have presentations that will bring us all up to date on what's been going on within the 416th community while dealing with the restrictions due to COVID-19. As we always do, we will also have our yearly discussion on whether to continue the reunions and, if so, a vote on where that reunion should be held. In late afternoon we will gather prior to dinner (sorry, no "formal" banquet this year) for pictures and to honor the men of the 416th with our traditional Missing Man Table tribute followed by the playing of Taps before heading out to dinner at a highly recommended local family-owned restaurant.
The Reunion Registration Form will be mailed later in the summer with the latest details about the reunion schedule and activities. If you have questions, please call Kathe Rensner, Reunion Coordinator email at: "email@example.com"