President's Welcome

 

From the President – Fall/Winter 2017

What a Reunion this past August, still cannot get over the excitement celebrating the 100th birthday with our Association members but also with all those active duty warriors.

In October myself and Donna had the pleasure of attending the Carolina Chapter reunion. On Saturday Bernard Marie, the Officer of the French National Order of Merit, gave us a tour of the D Day memorial at Bedford, VA. What a joy and definitely one of the best tours we have been on. Participating in placing a wreath at the 4th Infantry Division plaque with Mike May, the Chapter president was an honor. We enjoyed all of the activities that evening at the banquet. Presenting a 4th Division 100th year coin to the main speaker, BG Flora, was quite a finish of the weekend.

While in Virginia we drove to Ft. Belvoir, VA. We were taken on a tour of the new Army National museum by the Director Tammy Bumpus Call. Construction is on schedule and plans are for opening in 2019. While at Ft. Belvoir I was able to meet some of the National Museum staff and personnel who are responsible for getting the museum build.

We will going to Branson, Missouri for part of Veterans week. This is by far the greatest town to be in during that week. If you have not be there, give them a try. On 9 November Roger and LInda Dufek along with myself, Donna and members of the Midwest Chapter will host the hospitality room at the Savannah House again this year for any 4th Infantry Division Veterans that are in Branson for Veterans week. On 11 November, the Veterans Day Parade may not be the biggest, but it is definitely the best Veterans Parade you ever see. The patriotism in the town of Branson is amazing.

This year will be almost over by the time you read this winter Ivy Leaves issue. A lot has taken place, as I mentioned the Division’s 100th birthday celebration at Ft Carson, change; Major General Randy A. George assumed command of the 4th Infantry. On 8 December the 4th Division Army Ball will be held at Colorado Springs, CO. A busy year indeed

Our 2018 National Reunion will be in Green Bay, Wisconsin (home of the Packers). I know Roger, Linda, Sheila and others are working hard on putting the final touch on plans. I encourage everyone to make their reservations early. This will be a super event. You can go towww.4thinfantry.org soon for all the details.

My biggest priority is MEMBERSHIP: We must always look at ways to recruit new members and keep our current members. There are many prior association members, for whatever reason, who have never renewed their membership. Most are Vietnam Veterans we know and meet occasionally. Please contact those individuals and ask them to join us again. OIF and OEF Veterans, retirees, active duty and those who have separated, we need those to join the Association also to get involved and become leaders in a Chapter.

As stated, consider the 4IDAssociation as your Rally Point. Don’t put it off, join now. We need you, and in the future you will find that you want to maintain contact with your fellow 4ID veterans and families who shared the training and wartime experiences with you.  

The 4IDA is YOUR Association, join us!

Steadfast and Loyal,

Jerry N. Bumpus                                                                                                                                                     National President
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