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The 99th Infantry Division Association convention crew is gearing up for the 59th annual convention in Kansas City MO.

Dates are Aug. 6-9 and the convention will be at the Westin Crown Center — the same hotel used for the 49th annual convention.

For those of you who attended 10 years ago, you'll be pleased to know the hotel is still as fabulous and accommodating as it was then. The downtown Kansas City area has undergone major renovation and updating, and you'll have an opportunity to visit some of the sites.

Those who haven't visited Kansas City, are in for a treat. The Westin is wonderful hotel and located adjacent to Crown Center, a shopping, dining, and entertainment center.

Hotel rates are $103 per night. Reservations may be made by calling 1-888-627-8538. Mention the 99th when making reservations. Parking is $13.50 per day in the attached parking garage. Shuttle service is available from Kansas City International Airport, located 22 miles north of the hotel, approximately 25-30 minutes away.

A few tours have been planned but there is so much to see and do in Kansas City that ample time has been set aside for on-your-own activities, as well.

Registration begins Wednesday, Aug. 6, and the first tour, "A Day with the President," runs from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. that afternoon.

This tour begins with a driving tour of Independence, home of the 33rd president of the United States, Harry Truman. The Truman Library and Museum, one of only 12 presidential libraries in the U.S., is one of the planned stops. The library houses exhibits from Truman's presidential era as well as a reproduction of the Oval Office as it was during President Truman's term. Cost for this tour is $40.

A narrated tour of Fort Leavenworth is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 7. This is one of the most beautiful forts in the United States. It is the oldest Army fort in operation west of the Mississippi River.

Some of the highlights of the fort include the National Cemetery, Command and General Staff College, Memorial Chapel, Frontier Army Museum, Buffalo Soldiers Monument, Berlin Wall Monument, and many historic buildings and homes.