Reunion Tours  
GREATER CHARLESTON NAVAL BASE MEMORIAL   

 Riverfront Park is home to the Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial, erected in honor of the countless military personnel and civilians that served the United States and the Greater Charleston region while the Charleston Navy Base was operational for 95 years before it closed in 1996. The Memorial is the only location in the United State that displays both the Lone Sailor and the Homecoming statues. 

 The pavilion is a vertical wall that curves over visitors’ heads like the side of a ship.  Multiple plaques on the wall reflect the Base’s history, from its inception on grounds of an old plantation in 1901 until the last of the fleet set sail in 1996

A stream flows through the memorial, meant to be reminiscent of sailors crossing gangways. Five lighted flagpoles feature flags of the United States, South Carolina, North Charleston, the Navy and the Marine Corps.  A ground-embedded map shows all the continents.  A 7-foot-tall statue of the "Lone Sailor" by renowned sculptor Stanley Bleifeld of Connecticut faces the water, and also another Bleifeld statue, "Homecoming," showing a sailor embracing his wife and child.

Bronze sculptures of a submarine, a landing craft and a destroyer, all of which were built or serviced at the once- bustling base, stand on a pedestal among the statues of the “Lone Sailor” and “Homecoming” and the wall plaques.  This is a time for remembrance of the strong tradition of our naval history and its contribution to our country.

 HISTORIC CHARLESTON MOTOR COACH TOUR

 

This is the best way to see one of the most historic cities in America.  Private motor transportation with a licensed guide will take you through Charleston’s Historic District. The tour will explore the H. L. Hunley replica close to the Charleston Visitors Center, and then move through Hampton Park, The Battery, Rainbow Row, The Old Exchange and Provost, Broad Street, Church Street, St. Philips Church, St. Michael’s Church, the Four Corners of Law, Meeting Street, site of Secession Hall, Circular Congregational Church, Charleston City Market, Market Hall, Marion Square, The Old Citadel (now Embassy Suites Hotel), Charleston Museum, Chalmers Street, Dock Street Theater, King Street, College of Charleston, Mother Emanuel AME Church and the South Carolina Aquarium.

Our bus will drop you off close to the Charleston City Market for a 2-hour break, for lunch and shopping on your own. The Market is the cultural heart of the City. As one of the nation's oldest public markets, the historic Charleston City Market plays a leading role in the preservation of time-treasured customs and vibrant

with over 300 vendors.  There are plenty of places to eat and enjoy the constant change of scenery and people passing by. Following lunch, our bus will take us to the beautiful campus of The Citadel  

TOUR OF THE CITADEL, MEMORIAL SERVICE AT SUMMERALL CHAPEL AND RETREAT PARADE

 The Citadel is a landmark in Charleston and South   Carolina that is noted for its educational reputation as well as its rich history. Founded in 1842, The Citadel has an undergraduate student body of about 2,300 students who make up the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Another 1,000 students attend The Citadel Graduate College, a civilian evening program that offers graduate and

professional degrees as well as undergraduate programs.

  

The Citadel is best known nationally for its Corps of Cadets, which draws students from about 45 states and a dozen countries. The men and women in the Corps live and study under a classical military system that makes leadership and character development an essential part of the educational experience.

For the sixth straight year, The Citadel has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the top public college in the South for institutions granting up to a master's degree.

Upon arrival at The Citadel, our guide will take us on a tour of the Campus and to the Summerall Chapel.

 

Built in 1936, Summerall Chapel has held a special place in the life of the Corps of Cadets since its dedication. The cornerstone of the chapel was laid on September 7, 1936. The first service was held almost a year later on September 9, 1937 and the chapel was dedicated on April 10, 1938 as the Cadet Chapel.  

  Pelot Summerall Chapel

After General Summerall's retirement as president of the Citadel in June of 1953, the name was officially changed to the General Pelot Summerall Chapel.

While at the Chapel, we will have a brief memorial service, conducted by one of our shipmates, to honor comrades who are no longer with us. We will then proceed to the viewing area in order to review the Cadet Retreat Parade on Summerall Field. 

The tradition of parading troops can be traced back to the time of Alexander the Great. Drill procedures and movements on the parade field are identical to the tactical maneuvers employed on the battlefield in the past. At various times throughout the year The Citadel's parades are used to present awards and recognize students, faculty, staff and other notable people.

 

 

 

 

PATRIOTS POINT NAVAL AND   MARITIME MUSEUM TOUR

 

Patriots Point Development Authority was established in the 1970s to develop a naval & maritime museum on Charleston Harbor with the World War II aircraft carrier, USS YORKTOWN as its centerpiece. It’s also home to the Patriots Point Museum and a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships, the Cold War Memorial and the only Vietnam Experience Exhibit in the U.S., the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, and the agency's official Medal of Honor Museum.

Located on historic Charleston Harbor, Patriots Point is home to USS YORKTOWN (CV-10).  Moored next to her is USS LAFFEY (DD-724), a World War II destroyer, and USS CLAMAGORE (SS-343), a diesel attack submarine.  In addition, the United States Coast Guard cutter INGHAM (WHEC-35), which fought in the convoy battles of the North Atlantic and sank a German U-boat, rests alongside.

Onboard the Yorktown are dozens of displays devoted to maritime and naval history, the CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR SOCIETY’S MUSEUM AND HEADQUARTERS, and more than 2 dozen historic military aircraft are on exhibit.  Ashore is a full-size NAVY ADVANCE TACTICAL SUPPORT BASE from the Vietnam era.

Following the tour of Patriots Point and the USS Yorktown, you will be escorted to lunch in the CPO Mess Galley aboard the ship. 

NAVY ADVANCE TACTICAL SUPPORT BASE from the Vietnam era.

Following the tour of Patriots Point and the USS Yorktown, you will be escorted to lunch in the CPO Mess Galley aboard the ship. 

 

CPO Lunch Menu

Pulled Pork Barbecue Sandwich

Baked Beans and Cole Slaw

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lemonade, Water

FORT SUMTER FERRY/TOUR

Our guide will escort us to the ferry for the ride to Ft. Sumter, strategically located at the entrance of Charleston Harbor.  The tour includes a 30 minute ferry ride to and from the fort, and 60 minutes on the island. The total length of the tour is just under 2.5 hours. Fort Sumter is an island fortification located in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Originally constructed in 1829 as a coastal garrison, Fort Sumter is most famous for being the site of the first shots of the Civil War (1861-65).

After the Civil War the derelict Fort Sumter was rebuilt and partially redesigned. It would see little use during the 1870s and 1880s and was eventually reduced to serving as a lighthouse station for Charleston Harbor. With the start of the Spanish-American War (1898), the fortress was rearmed and once again used as a coastal defense installation. It would later see service during both World War 1 (1914-18) and World War II (1939-45). In 1948 Fort Sumter was decommissioned as a military post and turned over to the National Park Service. It now attracts over 750,000 visitors every year.

 

 

BOONE HALL PLANTATION/LUNCH

When you think of an antebellum plantation, Boone Hall fits the bill.  Boone Hall is America’s oldest still-working plantation/farm.  Visit slave cabins, a Gullah heritage presentation, a house/gardens tour and a plantation/farm tour all under the sway of Spanish moss-covered oak trees. 

Avenue of Oaks, Boone Hall Plantation

The McRae Family purchased the plantation in 1955 and furnished the house with antiques and began giving tours.  The McRae Family still own the property and continue to make improvements.  As you tour the site, the staff will help you understand the day to day activities of those who lived on the plantation in the 1800’s, as well as the history of the people who lived at Boone Hall. 

Upon arrival, we will enjoy gourmet box lunches in the pavillion behind the plantation.  Guide(s) will then meet with us to tour this beautiful plantation.

 

 

 

Box Lunch Menu

 

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Boone Hall is also one of America’s oldest working, living plantations.  They have been continuously growing and producing crops for over 330 years. Once known for cotton and pecans, they are still actively producing peaches, strawberries, tomatoes and pumpkins, as well as many other fruits and vegatables for visitors to enjoy