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San Antonio, Texas
September 21-24 2006
Once again OCS Class 62-A gathered in San Antonio. Members of the class began arriving as early as the 20th for the activities. For the golfers, there was a chance to imitate Tiger Woods on Thursday afternoon. Well, it may not have been the best imitation, but there was ball hitting, chasing and the camaraderie that goes with the game. There was a hospitality room set up with lots of cool-aid, snacks, and all the fixin's. We enjoyed a Mexican dinner provided by the hotel on Thursday evening and gathered afterward back in the hospitality room for more visiting and cool-aid.
Friday morning the bus took us out to Lackland for the parade where OCS Class 62-A was among the featured guests. Did you notice how skinny all those paradees were? <grin> Following the parade, we walked over to the area where the Memorial provided by our class to Lackland was uncovered in a brief dedication ceremony. Photos of the monument and bricks with inscriptions are available for your viewing below. Click here to check out an article on the dedication ceremony in the Lackland AFB newspaper, Tailspinner.
Friday afternoon, we had free time to visit the many sights in San Antonio. Friday evening we went to a local barbeque place, Grady's, and ate, drank, and shared more of our lives with one another.
Saturday afternoon, Art Cormier shared some memories of his experiences with air rescue, including some saves and when he was shot down, evaded capture for 8 days, and the grim time he was a POW -- 7 years, 3 months, and 3 days. I am sure everyone who listened to Art relate his memories of those events had their own inner thoughts and feelings. For me, it stirred something inside that was a mixture of sadness that our service men had to endure such treatment, mixed with anger at their captors and coupled with a huge sense of pride in being an American and thankfulness for these men's service and sacrifice.
Saturday evening we again met before the dinner in the hospitality room for drinks and discussion. Then enjoyed dinner, a talk given by Art Cormier, and made a few presentations and discussed our next reunion. We settled on Denver in 2008 prior to Labor Day before the weather gets more unpredictable.
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