Veterans Day 2006 Gathering

Washington, D.C.


The MRFA and 9th Infantry Division will be placing wreaths at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, 2006. We will be gathering at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at 8:30 A.M. on the 11th, and proceed to the Wall at 9:00 A.M.

We have blocked 25 rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Arlington/Courthouse Plaza in Arlington, Virginia for November 9th – 12th. Room rates are $119.00 (plus tax) per night. For reservations call 1-703-528-4444 and refer to our group code “Mobile Riverine Force Association”. Reservations may also be made on-line @ be sure to enter group code “MRF”. Reservations under these group codes must be made before the cut off date of October 19, 2006, so make your reservations soon.

The Hilton Garden Inn Arlington/Courthouse Plaza is located at 1333 North Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA 22201.

UPDATE: October 9, 2006

Folks some of you have contacted me about attending our Veterans Day wreath laying on Vets Day 2006. Some of you have also mention you would like to attend but the hotel we have is beyond your budget for a 3 day stay or even for one night… After taking this under consideration. We have contacted the:

Highlander Motel at 3336 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA. 22201.
Room cost is $75.00 a night

The Highlander also offers the following: Comfortable Rooms – Moderate Rates – Free Parking – Free HBO (R) – Close To All Area Attractions are convenient by Metro a 5 minute walk from Virginia Square Station – Complimentary Continental Breakfast. You can contact the hotel Toll Free 800-786-4361 or 703-524-4300 be sure to mention you are making reservations under the Mobile Riverine Force Association.

There is a diner located next to the motel as are a couple restaurants and convenience stores… We will also have a small hospitality room which will be run by donations. This is a good hotel it was recommended by a few of our members. The MRFA & 9th I.D. Wreath laying will be Saturday the 11th. We all will meet on the steps in front of the Lincoln Memorial at 8:30 am and proceed to The Wall at 9:00 am.

We have also been invited by the General Billy Mitchell American Legion Post 85 right across the street from the Highlander. Invite below:


The MRFA attendees are most welcome to utilize Post 85 for meeting and socializing during their stay in Arlington over the Veterans Day weekend. The post is located less than a block from the Highlander, at 919 N. Kansas St. Phone number at the post is 703-527-8178. Post opens at 4pm on weekdays. Bartender’s name is Sue. Club manager is Lou Lane (USAF vet). Our Commander, Roscoe (Rock) Eagle has asked me to extend a special invitation to participate with Post 85, Post 139, and VFW 3150 at memorial services at Clarendon war memorial (about 1/4 mile from
Highlander) at 1pm on November 11. This ceremony is normally about 30-45 minutes. Afterward, Post 85 will host the Virginia Department American Legion Commander at the post home at 2pm. The entrance to Post 85 is on the rear of the building, and there are 5-6 steps upward from street level. We have parking at one side and at the rear of the building. Our “regular” crowd are either retirees or local working residents. They are a rather quiet bunch, but very friendly. Darts are a favorite pass time, so if any of your members are dart shooters, they may be able to show us a few tricks. Between now and Veterans day I will pass along any additional information that may be helpful to you. I fully intend to be available to greet you
when you come into town.

Regards, Art

We look forward to seeing you in D.C. Come join us as we honor our fallen Brothers on Veterans Day 2006. For more information you may contact Board Member Bob (Doc) Pries at 9702 Friar Tuck Drive, West Chester, OH 45069. Phone: (513)755-1223 or email: