MAY 7, 2021 – ANNOUNCING THE 50TH REUNION COLOR COMPANY COMPETITION
In the Spring of 2021, the 50th Reunion Campaign Committee will launch The 50th Reunion Color Company Competition to help boost the participation from all of our 36 Companies. No 50th reunion class has gone above 60% participation, but the Class of 1973 is NOT just any class. Our goal is to have 73% participation. The Company with the highest percentage of participants in our 50th Reunion Campaign will be declared The Class of 1973 50th Reunion Color Company. For more information, either go to the Class of ’73 Campaign page of this website: http://1973.usnaclasses.net/class-of-1973-campaign/
or, consult your Company Representative: 1973Company Representatives | (usnaclasses.net)
EARLY PLANNING (TRADITIONAL REUNION ACTIVITIES) – MAY 2020
Our 50th Reunion is in the early planning stages. Here is the text of an e-mail that was distributed by Doug Rice, our Reunion Coordinator, on May 1, 2020:
It is time to start concrete planning for our 50th reunion in 2023. Attached is a survey that we would like everyone to take so that we can determine preferences for events and venues. We have two options for football weekends. Homecoming is Oct. 7, but we don’t know the opponent. The Air Force game is Oct. 21. The advantage of homecoming is that we, as the 50th reunion class, have priority regarding venues, but right now everything but the N* room is available for the Air Force game. Based on the Alumni Association experience, we will have too many people for the 50th to fit in the N* room for the tailgate, so we will most likely have to use the area near the ’53 pavilion for our tailgate.
Please fill out the survey if you are thinking about attending the 50th reunion. The committee will take the results and plan accordingly.
Thanks in advance for your participation.
(See e-mail for Survey Monkey link)
SPECIAL EVENT – RECOGNITION BIKE RIDE
The Class of 1973 50th Reunion Recognition Ride
The Class of 1973 Recognition Ride is a cross country bike ride organized to symbolically gather our deceased classmates back to Annapolis for our 50th reunion in 2023. There are two primary objectives:
1) pay tribute to our deceased classmates
2) optimize participation by the Class of 1973
The ride will be a thru-ride. This format translates to riders covering the full route, with each prepared to provide for their own support, though there will be logistical coordination once all riders are known and possibility for sponsorships. We will advance as a group. Accommodations will likely vary between camping, motels, and RV’s, though this is part of the logistical coordination dependent upon yet-to-be-determined rider preferences.
Scheduled segment rides are also anticipated along the route, which will provide classmates, families, and other supporters the opportunity to join the thru-riders for a few miles or a few days. For those wishing to get involved in ways other than riding a bike, there are many opportunities. Contact me and we can discuss.
The route will be from Astoria, OR to Annapolis, MD. A few of the connecting communities include Portland, OR; Boise, ID; Pocatello, ID; Jackson Hole, WY; Casper, WY; Norfolk, NE; Des Moines, IA; Davenport, IA; South Bend, IN; Toledo, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; Cumberland, MD; and Washington D.C.
The total mileage is 3,225 miles, which includes 87,125 feet of elevation gain. The trip will take 73 days — 59 riding days, 5 rest days, and 9 contingency days. The route includes 986 miles of cycleway or off-road trail suitable for touring bikes. Turn by turn, written directions and voice supported navigational software will be available for riders and those providing support.
Recognition Ride Dates
Reunion dates have yet to be determined and are dependent on the 2023 football schedule. The ride will begin 73 days before the beginning of our reunion, which at present suggests a start date in late July or early August, 2023.
A Little More About the Ride
The primary purpose of this bike ride is to honor our fallen classmates by symbolically gathering each to Annapolis for our 50th reunion. Each day of the 73 day crossing will be dedicated to one or two of our deceased classmates. A daily blog will offer individual tributes along with updates on ride progress. There will be a dedicated web portal accessed through the Class of 1973 website, which will include a library of deceased classmate tributes, ride information, and a collection of photographs from our four years together at Annapolis. A draft of the Recognition Ride homepage and drafts of two tributes are attached to provide a sense of the on-line infrastructure being created.
It is hoped that all in our class, along with families and friends of fallen classmates, and other alums will participate in the Recognition Ride, either vicariously through the daily blog, or by riding a few miles, or by providing support along the way. Our deceased classmates remain links in our chain, and this is one opportunity to honor their contributions to country, family, and the lives and legacies of those in the Class of 1973.
If anyone would like to get involved, as a thru-rider, segment rider, or in a support role, please get in touch.