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Convention will be memorable

Those who attend the 60th annual convention of the 99th Infantry Division Association will have a variety of tour choices during the week. Space is limited on all tours and tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis. Make your selections and return your registrations as soon as possible to secure your seats.

Please note that there is a choice of two tours on both Thursday and Friday.

Wednesday, June 24

Registration 8 a.m.

TOUR A — MILITARY HISTORY TOUR 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This tour will begin at Soldiers Memorial, followed by a stop at one of St. Louis’ most popular destinations, Union Station. After that, tour Jefferson Barracks, established in 1826 as the country’s first “Infantry School of Practice,” served as a major military installation until 1946. Finally, end the tour at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. This is a 5-hour tour. Cost is $35.

TOUR B — ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER DINNER CRUISE 6 to 10 p.m.

Travel to the historic riverfront of the Mississippi River where a paddlewheel replica with a 19th century steamboat design waits in the shadow of the magnificent Gateway Arch to return you to the time of Twain. Enjoy a magnificent seated dinner while listening to live Dixieland music on the private cruise. Enjoy the view of the sunset behind the St. Louis skyline and the rolling fields of Illinois by moonlight as you stroll the open-air upper deck. Dinner includes Tossed Salad, Stuffed Chicken Breast Saltimbocca, Rice Pilaf, Vegetable, Rolls and Butter, Coffee and Tea, and the Chef’s Special Dessert. Cash Bar available. This is a 4-hour tour. Cost is $80. Dinner included.

Thursday, June 25

Registration 7 a.m.

TOUR C-1 — HISTORY OF FLIGHT 8 to 11:30 a.m.

Begin this tour at the Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum, which has on display one of the largest collections of flying antique, classic and sport aircraft in the country. Some of the aircraft featured in the museum are an original “Cub,” the “Timm Collegiate” flown by Charles Lindbergh, and the first “Curtiss Air Sedan,” which was made in St. Louis. Next tour the Boeing Prologue Room, which tells the panoramic story of nearly eight decades of aviation progress. This is a 3 1/2-hour tour. Cost is $40.

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TOUR C-2 — TASTE OF ST. LOUIS 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Explore the city while tasting several of St. Louis’ culinary specialties on this tour. First, visit the nation’s tallest monument, The Gateway Arch. You may ride the tram to the top of the arch, or discover how they succeeded in placing the last piece of the Arch by viewing a movie about the construction of the Arch. Next, visit the stables at The Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Follow your guide to the hospitality room to sample the brew masters’ products and enjoying hand-twisted Gus’ Pretzel’s, which are a perfect compliment to a cold, frosty beer. Continue the tour with a drive through Soulard, St. Louis’ oldest neighborhood. Take a drive through Lafayette Square before sampling a few of St. Louis’ most famous specialties while enjoying St. Louis-style pizza and a sampling of Toasted Ravioli. After lunch, enjoy a drive through Forest Park before stopping for dessert at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. This is a 7-hour tour. Cost is $75. Lunch and snacks included.

Board of Directors Meeting 1 p.m.

Friday, June 26

Registration Opens after Memorial Service

Memorial Service 8:30 a.m.

TOUR D-1 — FABULOUS FOREST PARK 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Spend as much, or as little, time as you desire at three of St. Louis’ most popular attractions as a shuttle will loop continuously through Forest Park. Begin with a visit to the Saint Louis Zoo, which is considered the #1 zoo in the United States. If you prefer the world of art, visit the Saint Louis Art Museum. Last, but not least, tour the Missouri History Museum. There are several options for lunch on your own during this tour with several concessions at the zoo. If you prefer a more leisurely dining experience, visit Meriwether’s at the history museum or Puck’s at the art museum. This is a 4-hour tour. Cost is $35.


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TOUR D-2 — EXPLORE ST. LOUIS 12:30 to 5 p.m.

This tour begins with a visit to The Gateway Arch. You may ride the tram to the top of the Arch for a view of Missouri and Illinois, or you may view “Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West,” which recreates one of the most compelling and heroic adventure stories in history. Continue your tour with a drive along Market Street where Soldier’s Memorial, historic City Hall, and Union Station are located. Also view the Old Courthouse. Next, it’s on to the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, also known as New Cathedral. Finally, enjoy a leisurely ride through Forest Park, site of the 1904 World’s Fair. This is a 4 1/2-hour tour. Cost is $50.

Meet Me in St. Louis Party 7 p.m.

Join your buddies for a reception -- St. Louis style! Snacks and cash bars available. Enjoy entertainment by the Nostalgia Big Band -- a 15-piece orchestra featuring a repertoire of Big Band music.

Saturday, June 27

Banquet Ticket Exchange 8:30 a.m.

Ladies’ Program 9 a.m.

Men’s Meeting 9 a.m.

TOUR E — ST. CHARLES PAST AND PRESENT 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visit the river city Saint Charles and enjoy your time strolling through the many craft, antique, and specialty gift shops that line the cobblestone streets or relax in the garden of one of the small wineries. If something modern is more your style, visit the Ameristar St. Charles Casino, which boasts the largest selection of slot machines and table games in the metropolitan St. Louis market. Bass Pro Shop is the Mecca for outdoorsman, and Saint Charles is one of Missouri’s newest locations for this popular store. The motor coach will shuttle between Old Town Saint Charles, Ameristar, and Bass Pro Shop. This is a 4-hour tour. Cost is $35.

St. Louis Cardinals Baseball 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Watch the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Minnesota Twins in an afternoon game at Busch Stadium. Cost is $70 and includes ticket and transportation.

New Board Meeting 1 p.m.

Reception 6 p.m.

Banquet 7 p.m.

Enjoy a meal with your choice of entree -- Jack Daniels Pepperloin or Salmon Filet with Ginger Cream Sauce -- along with green salad, oven-roasted new potatoes with asiago, steamed green beans with stone ground mustard, rolls and butter, caramel apple pie and coffee and tea. Afterward enjoy a USO-style show featuring the Patt Holt Singers.

Hospitality Room, War Room -- To be announced

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