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Blue and Gray Ball to Highlight 99th Convention & Annual Reunion


The 99th Convention and Annual Reunion of the 29th Division Association will be held in Baltimore, Maryland from Thursday, October 12 thru Sunday, October 15, 2017.

Headquarters will be at the Delta by Marriott Hunt Valley Inn in the picturesque section of Hunt Valley, Maryland which is about 10 miles north of Baltimore City and directly east of Route 83’s Exit 20 (Shawan Road). This year we will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 29th Division which was organized on July 26, 1917.

A $109.00 rate per night (plus additional state and occupancy taxes) has been established which includes breakfast. Also included is complimentary parking and a shuttle service to nearby Hunt Valley Town Center and the light rail station on Shawan Road.

The Registration Form is linked below and can also be found in the Summer Twenty-Niner.

Download Convention Registration Form

For members coming by air, fly into the Baltimore-Washington Airport (BWI) and proceed to Concourse E, the International Pier, where there is a light rail train station. Board the light rail marked “Hunt Valley.” Call the Hunt Valley Inn upon arrival at Hunt Valley and a shuttle will take you to the Inn. The train ride takes approximately forty-five minutes. One way cost is $1.70 or $0.70 for seniors.

On Thursday, October 12, Registration desk and Hospitality Room will be open beginning at 1300 hours. Hotel check-in begins at 1600 or earlier if a room is available.

Download Hotel Information

For reservations call: 888-236-2427. Cut-off for discount rate: September 12, 2017


There will be a bus trip to the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore on Friday to visit the 29th Division Museum and the Maryland Museum of Military History. Joe Balkoski, National Historian of the 29th Division Association, will conduct the tour. Afterwards, members and guests will be transported to Harbor Place in Baltimore for sightseeing, shopping and lunch. Some of the sights to see during you visit to Harbor Place are the USF Constellation, WW-II submarine USS Torsk, Phillips Seafood, Hard Rock Café, etc. The Hospitality Room will be open upon your return and again later after a buffet dinner.

The 29th Division Association’s Annual Business Meeting and the election of 2018 National Officers will be held on Saturday. Afterward there will be a Post Commander’s Workshop. A Hunt Valley Inn shuttle bus will be available for those not attending the meetings to take you to the nearby Hunt Valley Town Center for shopping and lunch.

The highlight of the 99th Convention and Annual Reunion and a night to remember will take place on Saturday evening in the beautiful Maryland Room of the Hunt Valley Inn. Members and guests will be served a delicious plated dinner, followed by introduction of special guests and the installation of 2018 National Officers.

The Blue and Gray Ball


As soon as the after-dinner ceremonies are over, the Blue and Gray Ball will begin. The twenty piece, big band sound of “Ain’t Misbehaving” will take you back to the 1940’s and 50’s when the 29th Division held the Blue and Gray Ball in the Fifth Regiment Armory. The dance floor will be open or you can relax and listen to the sounds or Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Harry James. Vocalist, Brenda Blackwell, will revive the song, “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” which was the favorite song of 29ers’ returning home from World War II. Kitty Kallen introduced the song when she was the vocalist for Harry James and was later crowned “Miss Blue and Gray” of the 29th Division.

The 29th Division Association’s Memorial Service will be held Sunday morning followed by a National Committee Executive meeting for 2018 National Officers.

National Commander: Robert E. Wisch
Senior Vice Commander: Grant L. Hayden
Junior Vice Commander: Vacant
National Finance Officer: J. Brian Becker
National Executive Director: William S. Mund, Jr.
National Adjutant: Valerie Hawkins



Preamble: To perpetuate the friendships we cherish; to keep alive the spirit that never knew defeat;
to glorify our dead, and to further keep before our country, the record of the 29th Division in all the wars;
we associate ourselves in an organization
known as the 29th Division Association.