11-16, 2002 in Branson, Missouri
A great time was had at the Branson 2002 Reunion
by more than 225 Association members and their wives.
The reunion was planned by our old friends Joe and
Elizabeth Chruma and our president and first (VP-2) lady, Floyd and
Lois Palmer. These four generous people
worked countless hours in unfamiliar surroundings, away from their
hometowns, to put on what had to be the best VP-2 reunion ever.
facilities of the Radisson Hotel in the heart of Branson were ideally
suited to our needs. There were more
for entertainment than we could possibly utilize. Our
hosts thoughtfully identified the more popular shows and coordinated
the times and dates to see those shows that would mesh with the
official events of our reunion. The
veterans of VP-2 took note of the wholesome and patriotic family
entertainment widely available in
Branson. Branson calls itself “The
Capital of America,” and it certainly must be.
for the reunion began on Wednesday, 11 September in the dedicated “Duty
on the first floor of the large, full-service hotel.
Wednesday and Thursday were devoted to catching up with
friends and whatever entertainment venues we had chosen to attend. The reunion business meeting was held in the
Radisson banquet room over a full breakfast on Friday, with time for
more shows in the afternoon and evening. We
had ample opportunities for visiting with friends and for more shows
during the day on Saturday;
in the evening we all went aboard the Showboat Branson Belle for their
evening cruise and spectacular dinner show.
One of the real highlights of the
reunion was the final banquet and dinner show on Sunday night. Our
hosts outdid themselves by bringing in Colonel (Ret.) Craig Duehring
DOD as a guest speaker and by arranging to have a floor-show with a
unknown singer named Delene, who brought down the house with her
renditions of our favorite old songs. The
banquet was our last official function, and most folks departed Branson
Of course, the best aspect of any reunion is getting
together with old squadron-mates, and for our wives to see so many
friends from so long ago, some of whom we haven’t seen for decades. We also enjoy seeing those who are able to
come to the reunions every two years. We
all agree that our
enjoyment of the reunions is directly proportional to how many of our
friends we see there. So, it is important
we get as many of our old friends from the squadron to join the VP-2
and to encourage them to attend the reunions.
Make plans now to be in San Antonio
in September 2004.
Vic G. - 12 Sep