It is a distinct honor and privilege to announce that the USS ORLECK Naval Museum in Lake Charles, Louisiana, will host former USS ORLECK DD886 crewmembers and families at a Homecoming and Reunion 13, 14, and 15 September 2017, in conjunction with the 72nd Anniversary of the Ship’s Commissioning.
Arrangements for lodging and meeting space have been made with L’auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles. Registration will begin at the hotel on Tuesday, 12 September. The event will include a banquet at the hotel’s event center on Thursday, 14 September, with events on the 15th at the ship related to the anniversary.
Your ship will be open to crewmembers and their families for visitation all that week and transportation will be provided to shuttle attendees back and forth from the hotel, the ship, and other activities. The itinerary is being planned to include various times and locations for attendees to get together, socialize, renew friendships, establish new friendships, and share memories of Navy life aboard your ship! Additionally, we are planning to have individuals available to photo and video attendees at the hotel and aboard the ship to preserve your memories and experiences of service aboard DD886.photo and video locations at the hotel and aboard the ship
The schedule of events will include:
- Tuesday, 12 September:
12:00 Noon Check in and hospitality room open at the hotel for early arrivals.
- Wednesday, 13 September:
7:00 AM Check in and hospitality room open
2:00 PM Update and presentation by Museum staff and volunteers
5:00 PM Social with light hors d’oeuvres and live entrainment
- Thursday, 14 September:
7:00 AM Hospitality Room open
8:00 AM Depart hotel for area tours and museums. Venues to be announced.
4:00 PM Return to hotel for banquet
6:00 PM Banquet Social at Hotel Event Center
7:00 PM Banquet with speaker, followed by live entertainment
- Friday, 15 September:
7:00 AM Hospitality Room Open
9:00 AM Depart for USS ORLECK Museum
10:00 AM Memorial Service at USS ORLECK
11:30 AM Lunch at USS ORLECK Museum
2:00 PM 72nd Anniversary of Commissioning Observance
The remainder of day and evening open for exploring the ship with refreshments and live entertainment. Shuttles will return guests to the hotel as requested.
NOTE: Registration fee will cover breakfast and lunch Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; attendance at the banquet and social; and meals/refreshments at the USS ORLECK Museum site