The special events for our reunion cruise have been finalized. Special Events include:
· A private cocktail party in the Piano Bar with hot hors d’ouevres.
· Marine Corps Birthday celebration in the Crows Nest with cake cutting ceremony and champagne toast.
· A group lunch in the Pinnacle Grill followed by a brief Association business meeting.
· A brief Memorial Service in honor of those brothers who have returned to base.
All events have been scheduled for “at sea” days and evenings so as not to conflict with other activities. An itinerary and event schedule is attached with specific dates and times.
We will be included in the first seating in the main dining room for dinner, which is at 5:45 pm. This is ideal for our special events, while not interfering with other evening cruise activities. Our group will have a block of six and eight person tables. The cruise line requires that we make table assignments for the first evening. After the first evening, we are at liberty to move between tables and enjoy the company of others within our group.
There will be quite a few of us driving to Fort Lauderdale prior to the cruise. I have asked Kim to look at area hotels and rates for lodging prior to embarkation at Port Everglades. I will provide hotel/motel information once a selection has been made.
Information regarding parking at Port Everglades can be found at http://www.porteverglades.net/cruising/parking/ . Note the requirements for free handicap parking. Arrangements can also be made for less expensive off-site parking. Search for “Port Everglades Parking” with your browser.
There will be two “formal evenings” during the cruise. The formal evenings are on “At Sea” days, and appropriately, our Marine Corps Birthday Celebration will be one of these evenings. Men are encouraged to dress in “Black Tie” attire, but suits and ties are certainly acceptable. These evenings were really very enjoyable on past reunion cruises. Several within the group donned their formal evening dress uniforms or “Blues”, complete with the aroma of moth balls. Many in our group displayed their military medals or ribbons. I should mention that the few who simply wore jackets and ties were not forced to walk the plank.
A reminder to check your passports and complete the Holland America on-line registration.
Also, take a look at the shore excursions being offered.
Only four months, two weeks, three days, and a wake-up left before the cruise!
Welcome to the official site of the HMM-265 Veterans Association, Inc.
Anyone who has served in HMM-265 is eligible for membership in the HMM-265 Veteran's Association. Our primary purpose is to conduct a reunion of HMM-265 squadron mates every two years. Please join the Association using the 'Contact Us | FNG' tab, then come and share your stories, true or not, with all of your former squadron mates.
The Association is incorporated under the Laws of the State of Texas as a tax-exempt veterans organization. Elsewhere on this site you can read all the legal documents, if you so wish and when we get them posted. We qualify as a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Talk to your tax professional about the deductibility of gifts to the organization. We will have our corporate meetings during the bi-annual reunions. All members can vote. At each reunion the Board of Directors will elect new officers and the membership will decide where to have the next reunion. If you would like to suggest a site for the next reunion then please come with a hosting plan to present at the meeting.
If you have a suggestion for this website or anything else (personal information update, report RTB, error correction, etc.) please see the 'Contact Us' page.
When we are aware of the RTB (passing on) of a member we send flowers to the funeral or follow whatever other arrangement may have been requested by the family. Since reunions are self-funding, this is our primary expense. This is where a donation to the organization would be spent. Help us honor our former mates by contributing occasionally. Please send contributions to the Association's treasurer.
To apply for membership, select 'Contact Us | FNG' and submit the form provided. Our membership officer will review your submission. Upon approval, you will be contacted and added to the roster.
Note: At the current time, all material on the site is in the public area -- no login is required. Ultimately, we'll have a private area for members only. When the private area is operational, the membership will be notified and provided with access instructions.