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The OPHSA 22nd Annual Reunion, 2013

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Members and guests attended the 22nd annual reunion of the Outpost Harry Survivors Association held from July 23 through July 27th at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center hotel in Alexandria VA.  Many arrived before the reunion, and stayed afterward making sightseeing trips in the Washington D.C. area.

This reunion was in two parts, the first being our usual 3-day OPHSA reunion. The second was an all day celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice on July 27th, 1953. This all-day event was hosted by the United States DoD (Department of Defense) in the morning and the Korean MPVA (Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs) for the evening banquet.

At the same time we were celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Korean Armistice in Washington D.C. this video Video was being played on every TV station all across South Korea. Outpost Harry Survivors are included throughout this documentary.

Tuesday - July 23, 2013

  • Registration and Socializing -- Following individual registrations and check-in, members socialized in the hospitality room, lobby and restaurant.

  • Evening Event -- Following the registration and socializing, the attendees gathered for an evening meeting.

Wednesday - July 24th, 2013

Thursday - July 25th, 2013
  • Thursday Morning we visited the Korean War Memorial.
  • After leaving the Korean War Memorial, we visited Arlington National Cemetery where we viewed the 3rd Infantry Division's grave sites, and Doug Jones, Bob Baker, and Bob Grillo laid a wreath at the foot of the Third Infantry Division's monument honoring the 3rd Infantry Division's dead. While there, we also viewed Audie Murphy's grave.
  • The OPHSA group next visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where we watched the changing of the guards then watched while Jerry Cunningham and Bob Baker, representing the Outpost Harry Survivors Association, presented a wreath which was placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  • We had lunch at the Myer's Officer's Club. Click here to see photos taken during our lunch.
  • Peter Chacho drove back to Arlington National Cemetery to take photos of the gravestone of Medal of Honor recipient, Henry Svehla to give to Svehla's family.
  • The OPHSA group attended a stage show at the site across the street from the Korean War Memorial. Technicians were setting up for tomorrow's Korean War 60th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice. The OPHSA group were the only attendees.

Friday - July 26th, 2013

Saturday Morning- July 27th, 2013

  • The DoD (Deparment of Defense) sponsored ceremony celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice held in the field next to the Korean War memorial. There was entertainment and a speech by the President and Commander in Chief of the United State, Barack Obama.

Saturday Evening- July 27th, 2013

  • A formal banquet sponsored by the Korean MPVA (Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs) was held in the grand ballroom of the Marriott Hotel.

We Held

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