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Upcoming events

    • 05/20/2019
    • (EDT)
    • 05/23/2019
    • (EDT)
    • Fort Bragg, NC


    20-23 MAY 2019

    Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and Market Garden

    Fort Bragg, NC

    The 82nd Airborne Division Association President and Board of Directors cordially invite all Association Members to join us as we celebrate with the 82nd Airborne Division.

    The 82nd Airborne Division Association is for anyone who ever served in the 82nd Airborne Division, and anyone who is currently serving on active duty on jump status; or, has ever served in any of the uniformed services on either jump or glider status and was honorably discharged.

    If you are interested in more information on this event, please visit this website: http://www.82ndairborneassociation.org/aaw.html

    • 06/05/2019
    • 13:00
    • 06/08/2019
    • 00:00
    • Fort Smith, Arkansas

    If you need to join or renew your membership, go to the following page and click

    'Join or Renew': https://509th.org/


      DoubleTree by Hilton Fort Smith City Center

      700 Rogers Avenue

      Fort Smith, AR 72901

         Click Here: DoubleTree by Hilton Website


       To call the hotel and reserve your room, please call: (479) 783-1000 and ask for the rate code 509 Paratrooper Reunion.

    Room rates are $109 per day, which includes a fully cooked breakfast for two (2) and complimentary WiFi. Tax is currently 9.75%. Parking is complimentary.


       For our hotel block reservation is: May 13th, 2019. That's as long as the block is not filled by that time! After that date and once the blocks are filled, room rates will be set by the hotel.


       The hotel operates a complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport.


    The “Command Post” (CP) provides a full-sized meeting room to relax, visit, and just hang out with friends. It also includes complimentary snacks, beverages (e.g., sodas, regular/decaf coffee, hot water f/tea, etc.), and alcohol (21 and older)! The costs of these things are included in your registration fee. Please tip your volunteer bartender!

    Ensure that you register/pay for additional attendees that want to access the CP or join the banquet dinner on Saturday.

    WEDNESDAY – June 5th, Location: BELLE STARR ROOM

    • CP room opens at 1:00 p.m. and closes at midnight.
    • Normal amenities will be available, along with 509th merchandise and reunion check-in and registration support.

    THURSDAY – June 6th, Location: BELLE STARR ROOM

    • This date marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day! The Association plans to observe this day and will update attendees on the details once the schedule is firmed up!
    • CP room opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at midnight.
    • A complimentary lunch has been arranged for all registered guests! It will be hosted by Mr. Dewey Orrick, who owns/operates: Sooooielicious BBQ (competition BBQer). It will include all pulled pork brisket, chicken thighs and sides! We’re not sure if we can have him host this on-site at/near the hotel yet. More information to follow. Dewey is a huge supporter of military and law enforcement and does these things at cost. Also, he produces his own selection of BBQ sauce at a nominal fee, so consider taking some home! Check him out on Facebook (great pictures of his BBQ): https://www.facebook.com/groups/1060866383934545/
    • CP room may be closed if we host lunch at a nearby off-site location.

    FRIDAY – June 7th, Location: BELLE STARR ROOM

    • CP room opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at midnight.
    • Another complimentary lunch will be provided on this day for all registered guests! This will be a true Southern “Mudbug Boil” (Crawfish Boil), hosted and paid for by one of our own 509th DMoR: Mr. Eric “Skid” Luneau! It will include spicy boiled crawfish, sausage, corn, potatoes, etc. If you have a shellfish (or other) allergy, make sure to let us know in advance! He is prepared to boil a separate pot without the shellfish. Again, we’re not sure if we can have him host this on-site at/near the hotel. More information to follow.
    • CP room may be closed if we host lunch at a nearby off-site location.
    • We will also have a bean bag toss tournament around 4:30 p.m. at the hotel. Sign your team up and pay in advance with this registration form or on-site. It’s only $20 a team, (2 person team).

    SATURDAY – June 8th, Location: MEMPHIS/TULSA ROOM

    (large dining area)

    • Be advised WE MOVE to the Memphis/Tulsa Room on this day!
    • CP room opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at Noon/12:00 p.m., to allow for the board meeting.
    • Membership board meeting begins at Noon/12:00 p.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m. Normal CP amenities and bar will be closed during the board meeting.
    • CP room will re-open following the board meeting and closes at 3:00 p.m., to prepare the room for the dinner banquet.
    • Dinner banquet reception will begin at 5:45 pm, preferred dress: “business casual” attire. There will be a cash bar (hotel operated) until 8:30 p.m. (during dinner).
    • At 6:45 the Posting of Colors will be conducted.
    • Our CP bar will re-open at 8:30 p.m., and a DJ will be onsite for dancing after dinner.
    • After dinner we will also conduct the 50/50 raffle and auction. We welcome auction items! If you have any auction items to donate, please contact: abn509thassoc@yahoo.com

    Local Attractions:

    • Fort Smith National Historic Site (Established in 1817 by French fur trappers and pioneers. Part of the "Trail of Tears" and also manned during the Civil War.)
    • Judge Parker Museum (Fort Smith is home to the famed "Hanging Judge" - Isaac Parker, portrayed in the John Wayne movie 'True Grit'. The first black deputy U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi, Bass Reeves, also worked for Judge Parker.)
    • Fort Smith National Cemetery (Among many incredible heroes, BG William O. Darby [Darby's Rangers] is buried here, as Fort Smith was his birth/hometown.)
    • Gen. William O. Darby Monument (Bronze statue located in Cisterna Plaza, downtown Fort Smith)
    • Miss Laura's Social Club (The only former bordello on the National Register of Historic Places.)
    • The Park at West End (Complete with a Ferris Wheel from the 1935 World's Fair in San Diego.)
    • Chaffee Barbershop Museum (Dedicated to the memory of Elvis Presley receiving his first military hair cut at Ft. Chaffee)
    • Chaffee Crossing Historic District (Established during WWII and home to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) and 1-509th Airborne Infantry OPFOR from 1987-1993.)

    **If you would like to view and/or download the PDF version of the reunion registration form, please click here: 2019 509th PIA Reunion Registration Form

    All questions should be directed to: abn509thassoc@yahoo.com

"509th Parachute Infantry Association" is a 501(c)(19) non-profit organization

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