Reunions and Events

One of the primary objectives of forming the Anzio Beachhead Veterans Organization was to provide the opportunity for veterans to gather for reunions and special occasions. Over the years this objective has been faithfully met. There has been a reunion every year since 1980 as well as gatherings for other special occasions

A very special event took place on October 18, 1986 at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, during which the Anzio Beachhead Veterans of World War II Unit Plaque was installed in the building adjacent to the Tomb. One hundred and thirty members, associates and guests were in attendance for the ceremony. If you are in that area you may wish to visit this piece of memorabilia in honor of our companions who gave their all at Anzio.

Another event was a memorial we all will remember – "Anzio Annie" (the big German railway gun that constantly shelled us on the beachhead) we placed a memorial along side of her as well as a plaque in the museum. Two hundred persons attended the ceremony.The following is a list of the year and location of previous Anzio Beachhead Veterans of World War II annual reunions and special events that have been held.

Perhaps the most memorable events were revisiting the beachhead on the 50th and 60th anniversaries of the events surrounding the Liberation of Rome.

Below are listed sites of our past reunions and of our participation in special event with links to photo galleries when available. If you have pictures you would like to share, contact John Boller to have them included on this site.

Past Reunions

2012 - Pensacola, FL - Crowne Plaza Grand Pensacola

2011 - Providence, RI - Crown Plaza Providence

2010 - Virginia Beach, VA - Holiday Inn Executive

2009 - Savannah, GA – Hilton Garden Inn

2008 - St. Louis, MO – Sheraton Westport Hotel

2007 - Washington DC – Crowne Plaza Hotel Dulles Airport

2006 - Fayetteville, NC – Fayetteville Plaza Hotel

2005 - Falls Church, VA - Marriott Fairview Park

2004 - New Orleans - The Inn On Bourbon Street

2003 - Falls Church, VA - Marriott Fairview Park

2002 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Hilton

2001 - Nashville, TN – Clarion Hotel

2000 - Charleston, SC – Holiday Inn

1999 - Colorado Springs, CO – Double Tree Hotel

1998 - Pittsburgh, PA – Holiday Inn

1997 - Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Hilton

1996 - Virginia Beach, VA – Holiday Inn

1995 - Mt. Pocono, PA – Mt. Airy Lodge

1994 - Orlando, FL – Holiday Inn

1993 - Oklahoma City, OK – Ramada Inn

1992 - Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Hotel

1991 - Louisville, KY – Executive West

1990 - Mobile, AL – Stouffers Hotel

1989 - Mt. Pocono, PA – Mt. Airy Lodge

1988 - Pensacola, FL – Holiday Inn

1987 - Orlando, FL – Hilton Inn

1986 - Orlando, FL – Hilton Inn

1985 - Orlando, FL – International Inn

1984 - Orlando, FL – International Inn

1983 - Orlando, FL – Hilton Inn

1982 - Orlando, FL – Hilton Inn

1981 - Alamonte Springs, FL – Holiday Inn

1980 - Sanford, FL – Cavalier Motel

The Anzio Beachhead Veterans would like to acknowledge the Beach Bum Trolley Co. of Pensacola, Florida who provided the event planning, transportation, and tour guides for our 2012 Reunion, and thank them for including the following link to their website for pictures they took during our tours: http://www.beachbumtrolley.com/anziopicbum.htm

Special Events

January 2011 - USS Anzio - Change of Command

July 22, 2007 - Installation of Memorial at Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NY

May 24, 2006 - New York City - Dedication of the Anzio Beachhead Monument

June 4, 2004 - Rome, Italy - 60th Anniversary Liberation of Rome

August 2003 - USS Anzio - Change of Command

June 4, 1994 – Rome, Italy – 50th Anniversary of Liberation of Rome

May 2, 1992 – Norfolk, Virginia, Commissioning of USS Anzio (CG 68)

November 10, 1990 – Pascagula, Mississippi, Christening of USS Anzio (CG 68)