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MARINES IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN

"A Nation reveals itself not only by the the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers..." President John F. Kennedy

UNTIL THE 15 YEAR REUNION

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 the fallen 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.

Sponsor A Combat Veteran - sponsored by the Warrior Reunion Foundation


Every $ raised subsidizes travel cost and empowers another combat veteran to reconnect.

Contribute to this fundraising campaign in order to subsidize travel cost and maximize participation of our combat veterans. Enable one more combat veteran to directly benefit from strengthening the social bonds and relationships shared with those they've served.

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This is made possible by the Warrior Reunion Foundation a certified 501(c)(3) Non-profit Org

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Would you like to make a donation without attending?

Gold Star Family Member / Family of the Fallen

STARTS: Friday, March 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM
ENDS: Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 5:00 PM

You are our honored guests.

*Due to available funding, we are able to subsidize travel expenses for up to two family members per GSF family.*   

After you've completed this registration process, we will reach out to you to discuss travel & hotel accommodations.

Please let us know if there is anything we can do to accommodate or assist you.

If there is anything you would like to share, please contact Dion Brugger or attach any messages, documents or photos to this registration.

Semper Fidelis,

Dion Brugger

469-556-2447 Cell

tftreunion@gmail.com


Regular Admission

Free

Veteran / Service Member

STARTS: Friday, March 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM
ENDS: Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 11:30 PM

All Veterans/Service members register here.

All guests/spouses/family members register separately, below.


Regular Admission

Free

Family & Relatives of Veteran's / Service Member's

STARTS: Friday, March 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM
ENDS: Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Register here if you are a Family Member of a Service Member/Veteran attending this event.  

We are asking for $$ contribution in order to help cover expenses for 3 meals + entertainment being provided during this event.  


Regular Adminssion

Min. $25.00
Max. $75.00

+ service & processing fees

Volunteer

STARTS: Friday, March 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM
ENDS: Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 5:00 PM
Please register here to offer volunteer support during the reunion. Our staff will contact you once registration is complete to share additional details regarding volunteer opportunities. Thank you for your support!

Volunteer

Free

Friend / Supporter

STARTS: Friday, March 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM
ENDS: Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 5:00 PM

If you are a friend or supporter of the Veterans & Families of the Fallen and would like to attend. Please register to attend and donate $50-$100 in support of this event.

We are asking for this donation in order to help cover expenses for 3 meals + entertainment being provided during this event.  


Friend / Supporter

Min. $50.00
Max. $100.00

+ service & processing fees

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"Cowtown" Fort Worth, Texas


River Ranch Stock Yards - All day Saturday March 24th, 2018


Hotel Accommodations


Where to stay

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

  • When you reserve the room you will be asked for credit card to hold the room. You will not be charged until you checkout.
  • Families of our Fallen please register to attend the reunion and we will reach out to coordinate hotel reservations for you. (up to 2 family members)
  • We've worked diligently to provide rooms at these select locations. Once they are full we will provide request additional rooms or provide additional hotel options. 

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

Rooms blocked: 50

RATE: $179 per night

LOCATION: River Ranch Stockyards is located behind this hotel

Book our Group Rate for Garden of Eden Room Block

Also reservations by calling the Hyatt Reservations Line at 1-800-833-1516

Group Name: Garden of Eden 

Group Code: GOFE 

  • 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

Rooms blocked: 100

RATE: $100 per night (*Best Negotiated Rate*)

LOCATION: 2.8 miles from River Ranch Stockyards

Book your group rate for Garden of Eden Room Block

Also reservations by calling the Marriott Reservation Line at 1.800.433.5677

Last day to book 02/23/2018

*There are free parking garages within walking distance.*

3) Courtyard Marriot Ft. Worth Historic Stockyards | 200 Main Street | Ft. Worth TX 76102

Rooms blocked: 50

RATE: $152 per night

LOCATION: Less than 1 mile from River Ranch Stockyards

Book your group rate for Garden of Eden Room Block

 Also reservations by calling the Marriott Reservation Line at 1.800.433.5677.

Last day to book 03/01/2018

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.

What it's like to reconnect...


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

REUNION SCHEDULE


Saturday, March 24, 2018

8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

DETAILS COMING SOON

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Battle of An Nasiriyah Reunion T-shirt by Oscar Mike

50% Polyester / 50% Combed-Cotton construction. Vintage ultra soft feel for perfect fit. $24.99 each plus $5 flat shipping rate

Bullets2Bandages .50 Caliber Bottle Opener

This .50 Caliber Bottle Opener is 100% made in the USA. UPGRADE to add custom engraving to the reverse or a Battle of An Nasiriyah Gift Box.

Man Mug

Customize it with your Unit!!!

Battle of An Nasiriyah Coin

Garden of Eden Marines 2" Coin - Click image to order now! Even thought the "Campaign" is over these are availible to order.

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Bullets2Bandages .50 Caliber Bottle Opener

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