Tricounty News

Reunion of First Cavalry to be in Bloomington



The 63rd annual First Cavalry Division Association National Reunion will take place in Bloomington, Minn. June 2-6, at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, 7800 Normandale Blvd., in Minneapolis. Veterans of all wars and eras who served in the First Cavalry Division, and their families, are encouraged to attend.

Highlights include: static displays of aircraft, war era and unit lunches, tours of the local area, sweetheart dance, banquet and memorial service. In addition, the Association will hold a breakfast for First Cavalry Gold Star Families (family members who lost a loved one in service to our nation) as well as veterans who want to honor and remember their fallen comrades together with their families.

On odd-numbered years, the reunion takes place at Fort Hood, Texas, and on even-numbered years, at various locations across the U.S. This year's reunion will be hosted by the Walter H. Westman Northland Chapter of the First Cavalry Division Association.

The Minnesota chapter was founded eight years ago by then 92-year old Westman, an original "horse soldier" who was drafted in 1942, and because he was an experienced horseman, joined the Cavalry's mounted division. Westman served in the Seventh Cavalry when the unit was sent to invade the Admiralty Islands in the Philippines. A native of Anoka, Minnesota, Westman and his wife operated Hilltop Riding Academy near what is now Columbia Heights, Minn. for many years. He has recently turned 100 years old and will be welcoming his fellow Cav troopers to this year's reunion. Westman is known to be the oldest living member of the First Cavalry.

For details on the reunion, or to register, visit www.1cda.org, or call the Association office, (254) 547-6537.