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.
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
May 2, 1992 – Norfolk, Virginia, Commissioning of USS Anzio (CG 68)
November 10, 1990 – Pascagula, Mississippi, Christening of USS Anzio (CG 68)