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Battle of An Nasiriyah 15 Year Reunion

UNTIL THE 15 YEAR REUNION

What it's like to reconnect...


Re-uniting those bonded in the cauldron of combat, honoring our fallen heroes and passing forward legacies..

Battle of An Nasiriyah Reunion - Sponsored by the Semper Fi Fund


Our Mission

On 23-25March, 2018 the Marines, Sailors and Families of the Fallen members of the Battle of An Nasiriyah, Iraq "Garden of Eden" will hold a historic multi-unit 15 Year battle reunion in Fort Worth, Texas. We will celebrate our victories on the battlefield, re-unite those bonded in the cauldron of combat, honor our fallen heroes and pass forward legacies.

Dion Brugger is leading our effort to organize the planning committee for this historic reunion. Please use the registration tool below to confirm your attendance and join us all for a weekend you will cherish. Once registered you will receive additional information and coordinating instructions to ensure you have everything you need to attend our reunion. 

Additional details and coordinating instructions can be found below.

Catalyst

Five years ago, over 500 Marines, Sailors and Families of Fallen Heroes, reunited for the first & largest reunion event of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 10Yr Battle of An Nasiriyah Reunion. It serves as the catalyst for our own 15Yr reunion and a growing national movement to re-connect veterans/families and strengthen social connections.

Re-connecting face to face triggers personal discussions between warriors, families and mentors that support our mental health and wellbeing. At reunions we maintain and grow our social networks, honor our fallen and pass legacies forward.   

Battle History

The Battle of An Nasiriyah is one of the first, most important and also misunderstood engagements of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The battle was fought in March-April 2003 in and around An Nasiriyah, a large city in southern Iraq which lies along the banks of the Euphrates River, very near the ancient city of Ur, known as the cradle of civilization and the site of the Garden of Eden. 23 Marines were killed in action (KIA) and 50 wounded. 9 Soldiers from the United States Army 507th Maintenance Company were KIA, 10 wounded and 6 captured then later rescued. During this action, the Marines secured two bridges spanning the Euphrates River and spearheaded the advance north to Baghdad.

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STORY CORPS


BATTLE OF AN NASIRIYAH ORAL HISTORIES & ARCHIVES

1. Listen to this brief introduction

2. Get the StoryCorps App for AndroidiOS or Kindle, and record and upload your own interview to our growing collection. The app will provide clear instructions on how to use. 

3. Prior to, during and after our reunion, start a profile and upload your own interview to our BATTLE OF AN NASIRIYAH ORAL HISTORIES & ARCHIVES 

The Battle of An Nasiriyah community on Story Corps represents our own growing archive: new interviews are added each day by combat veterans and families of our fallen to help us preserve our history and pass legacies forward.

This app was developed by Story Corps as a resource for the public and people who have recorded with StoryCorps, as well as students, educators, researchers, non-commercial media makers, community partner organizations and others involved in scholarly or cultural work. The Story Corps Archive compromises one of the largest collections of human voices, featuring more than 400,000 individuals sharing their stories. In our beta launch, only interviews recorded using the StoryCorps App are searchable on this site.
All interviews are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

"Cowtown" Fort Worth, Texas


River Ranch Stock Yards - Venue for Saturday March 24th, 2018 - See additional reunion schedule below

500 Northeast 23rd Street

Forth Worth, Texas 76164

USA

http://riverranchstockyards.com/map-directions-river-ranch-stockyards/

(817) 624-1111


Ground Transportation - from DFW Airport or Love Field to Hotels


Hotel Accommodations


HOTEL ROOM BLOCK NAME: "Garden of Eden" at all hotels

Last day to reserve hotel block rooms was Mar 3rd, 2018

  • We've worked diligently to provide rooms at these select locations. HOTEL ROOM BLOCK PRICES ARE ONLY AVAILABLE for March 23-25, 2018. Room nights booked outside those dates will incur additional charges. Once hotel blocks are full we will do our best to request additional hotel options. 

 

1) Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards​ | 132 E. Exchange Ave, Ft. Worth TX 76164

  • Designated as our reunion HQ due to its proximity to River Ranch Stockyards. (Danger Close)

2) Marriot Worthington Renaissance Hotel | 200 Main Street | Ft. Worth TX 76102

LOCATION: 2.8 miles from River Ranch Stockyards

*There are free parking garages within walking distance.* 

Garage 1 - Located on Commerce St & E 2nd. (Free after 5pm on Friday and all weekend. Heavy Security + Police surveillance with cameras in elevators)

3) Courtyard Marriot Ft. Worth Historic Stockyards | 2537 North Main Street  Fort Worth  TX  76164 

LOCATION: Less than 1 mile from River Ranch Stockyards

 

Please contact Dion Brugger if there are any questions or issues.

 

Stockyards Stables - RV Hookups


Approx 20 spaces availible (first come first serve)

  • Approx 20 spaces available (first come first serve)       
  • 20, 30, 50 AMP Available
  • Water and Electric
  • Dump Station Available

You MUST have a PAID RV spot to park your vehicle in the RV area. NO ACCEPTIONS.

REUNION SCHEDULE - Subject to Change(s)


Friday, March 23, 2018

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

ALL -

 

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Dinner - Charlie 1/2 & Gold Star Families => Private Dinner at 81 Club of Billy Bob's

Located just steps across the Rodeo Plaza from Billy Bob's Texas "The World's largest Honk'y Tonk"

Historic Fort Worth Stockyards

2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, TX 76164-820

Dinner - ALL OTHERS - At your preferred location & leisure.

7:30 PM - 11:00 PM

81 Club - ALL Reunion Check In & Reconnect

Located just steps across the Rodeo Plaza from Billy Bob's Texas "The World's largest Honk'y Tonk"

Historic Fort Worth Stockyards
2520 Rodeo Plaza
Fort Worth, TX 76164-8208

  • Check-in + issue reunion wrist bands & reunion T-shirts
  • Hors d'oeuvres provided & cash beverages available
  • Introduce Key Sponsor - Semper Fi Fund, Volunteers & Veteran Service Organizations
  • Premiere of "An Nasiriyah" Song - Creativets
  • Mission Brief: Reunion Schedule of Events
  • For the kids - Hay bale horse photo, board games and legos or go online now to buy your own tickets for the Stockyards Championship Rodeo

Saturday, March 24, 2018

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast + Venue Set Up at River Ranch Stockyards (All)

  • Assorted juices, coffee and hot tea
  • Assorted breakfast pastries
  • Sausage & egg breakfast cups/muffins
  • Spinach & egg breakfast cups/muffins

Volunteers set up at

  • River Ranch & Trinity River - Tables, Reunion decor, Wild Bills Soda's, VSO spaces, etc.
  • Memorial Bench Dedication site - 200 chairs + PA System

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

River Ranch Stock Yards - Memorial benches dedication

  • Intro Carry the Load
  • "Legacy Walk" to the Trinity River  Memorial benches site
  • Travis Manion Foundation
  • Hope for the Warriors

Inclement weather alternative - Indoors

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

River Ranch Stockyards

  • As needed, continue reunion check-in, issue reunion wristbands and t-shirts.
  • Keynote Speaker(s)
  • Catered Buffet Lunch - provided
  • Mug + Coin Issue
  • For the kids - Board games + Legos + Rock Painting + Bounce House + Virtual Sim

2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

River Ranch Stockyards

  • Music Entertainment
  • Story Corps App - Conduct Self/Group interviews about the battle and for Gold Star Families at our leisure from our mobile devices.
  • Autograph - Maps & Gold Star Family Journals
  • Videography interviews - record our legacy and the legacy of our fallen heroes.
  • Visit with key Veteran Service Organizations
  • Nas Veterans inspirational stories/videos

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

River Ranch Stockyards

  • Evening program
  • Keynote Speaker(s)
  • Dinner - provided
  • SWAG give away (Must be present)

7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

River Ranch Stockyards

  • Music Entertainment - Featuring American Hitmen
  • Story Corps App - Conduct Self/Group interviews about the battle and for Gold Star Families at our leisure from our mobile devices.
  • Autograph - Maps & Gold Star Family Journals
  • Videography interviews - record our legacy and the legacy of our fallen heroes
  • Visit with key Veteran Service Organizations.

10:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Police call & depart River Ranch Stockyards

11:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Safely enjoy the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards

  • At your preferred location & leisure

Sunday, March 25, 2018

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

  • Breakfast - At location of your choice & leisure
  • 11AM Brunch at Joe T Garcia's - CASH ONLY- ATM's on site -  No Reservations - Make your own or wait in line.
  • Story Corps App - Conduct Self/Group interviews about the battle and for Gold Star Families at our leisure from our mobile devices.

Additional Planning in progress - TBD

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