2017 Beirut Memorial Observance Events; Jacksonville, NC

Oct. 22, SUNDAY  2017


1400 -1800      Annual BVA Membership Meeting: USO

1800-2200:     Beirut Veterans Get Together: Holiday Inn Express


Oct 23, MONDAY 2017

0600:              Candlelight Ceremony at Memorial: Camp Johnson

1030:              Remembrance Ceremony at Memorial: Camp Johnson

1400:              Marine Corps League Devil Dogs Ceremony—Camp Geiger Circle 

         (NOTE** Access to Camp Geiger is through MCAS New River Main Gate)

1800-2200:     Hospitality Suite: Beirut Veterans and Families: Holiday Inn Express 



Registration at the USO:  Make sure we have all your correct info, when you check-in. . The Beirut Room at the USO has been completely refurbished.  Please stop by and see your room.

Vehicle passes:  You will need to go to the Main gate at MCAS New River to get a vehicle Pass for your car. You need to consider that it may take you up to 45 minutes to get one. Take in with you, your Vehicle registration (tag paper), Insurance card and driver’s license.  Tell them you are with the BVA (Beirut Veterans).  You are responsible for getting a Vehicle Pass to drive on base, if one is needed.  The only EVENT you will need a pass for is the 1600 Camp Geiger Ceremony on the 23rd if you plan to attend, or, if you want to shop at the Exchange/Annex.  We ask that you arrive early at each event. If you are late, please be respectful while entering the Remembrance Ceremony.  If you plan to attend the Camp Geiger Ceremony, you need to provide your name (FIRST, LAST only) by 12 OCT 2017 to Bryan Ayres @ [email protected]

The New River Temp Pass office hours of operation are 0700- 1500 Monday-Friday.  For any guests that come after that time will need to go to the front gate to get a pass; however, it's only a 1-day pass, so encourage them to get their temp pass during normal business hours.  For the guests that come in on Saturday or Sunday, the hours at the Temp Pass office is 0600-1700 and if they arrive outside of those hours, they too need to drive up to the front gate.

M.C. Exchange/Exchange Annex/Marine Corps Association Book Store:  You will be able to buy only USMC memorabilia at the Camp LeJeune/Camp Johnson/MCAS NEW RIVER Exchange/Exchange Annex/Marine Corps Association Book Store.  When you get to the cashier, tell them you are with the Beirut Veterans of America.  Copy of authorization will be distributed by Bryan Ayres B.V.A. President.

A membership meeting: We ask that all BVA members attend.

Hotel Information for 2017

October 22, 2017


You must CALL the hotels to get the Group Rate; the websites will not accept the Group Code!


Mainstay Suites

2201 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville, NC, 28546

Phone: (910) 219-1238

Fax: (910) 219-3057

General Manager: [email protected]


Arrival Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Departure Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Fixed Cut Off Date: Sunday Oct 1st 2017

RATE: $72.00



2115 HWY 17N

(910) 347-1900

RATE - $65

New Seasonal Outdoor Pool  * Guest Coin Operated Laundry

Complimentary Hot Breakfast * Priority Club Benefits

Ample Parking Spaces * Free Wireless Internet Access

All rooms include: Hair Dryer, Iron & Board, Coffee Pot,

Microwave, Mini Fridge, 37” Flat Panel TV; Complimentary Full-Service Gym Pass


Candlewood Suites

119 Penny Lane

(910) 333-0494

RATE - $65

Fully Equipped Kitchen with Stove top * Full Size Refrigerator

Microwave, In Room Coffee Maker, Complimentary Coffee,

Gazebo with Gas Grills, Complimentary Laundry Facilities,

Business Center, Candlewood Cupboard (sells snack and

drink items), Flat Panel TV with DVD player, Pet Friendly




(910) 346-8900

RATE - $65

Complimentary Hot Breakfast, Free in room Wireless Internet,

Business Center, Fitness Center/Sauna, Guest Laundry, Sweet

Shop, Outdoor Pool, In room Coffee Maker, Mini Fridge &

Microwave, Sofa Sleeper, Meeting Room, Manager’s Reception

Tues, Weds, and Thurs. Newly Remodeled in 2012! 

Choice Privilege Rewards.


For Holiday Inn, Candlewood and Comfort Suites:  All Hotels are 100% non-smoking. ADA rooms and upgraded Suites are available upon request. Some of our Special Offers include a Romance, Bridal, Golf, and Holiday Package. Call your preferred hotel and ask for any of the following discounts: AAA, AARP, Corporate, Manager’s Special, Military, State and Group.  Our well trained and friendly staff looks forward to welcoming you to the East Coast Hospitality Family!



*All Rooms are Non-Smoking*  Now Renovated

20 McDaniel Dr.  Jacksonville,  NC  28546

T:    910 347-7684

Fax: 910 347-7835

MANAGER:  Stacy Demps   [email protected]

King Bed w/full Kitchen:                        $55.09/night

Studio w 2 Double Beds w/full kitchen: $61.19/night

Pets welcome.  Call for details.


Quality Inn Jacksonville

2139 North Marine Blvd.
Jacksonville, North Carolina 28540 USA
Tel No: (910) 938-0800 FAX:  (910) 938-1106
Email: [email protected]

MANAGER: Rusty Wilson

Email: [email protected]

RATE:  $59.00/night


Red Roof Inn & Suites #494

1723 Lejeune Blvd

Jacksonville, NC 28546

Phone:  (910) 353-3336 

Fax:  (910) 353-4364

MANAGER:  Jessica Kick

email:  [email protected]

Arrival:  18 October 2017

Departure:  25 October 2017

RATE: $59.00/Night

Rooms Reserved under:

DanJoy/ Beirut Veterans



2149 North Marine Boulevard

Jacksonville, NC, 28546,

Phone: (910) 455-6888

Fax: (910) 455-3214

MANAGER:  Barbara Washington

Email:  [email protected]

(910) 459-6314

King Bed: $54.00/Night

Double   :  $59.00/Night


Days Inn Jacksonville

505 N. Marine Blvd

Jacksonville, NC. 28540


[email protected]

Room rate: $59 +tax (per room per night)

Tiki Koch, Manager. Wi-fi, mini fridge, and microwave.

Free continental breakfast included.


Econo Lodge

Jacksonville, NC 28540

701 N. Marine Blvd.

(910) 347-2801 (910) 347-6111

General Manager :  Eddie Negron email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]


Arrival Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Departure Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Fixed cut-off Date: Monday, September 18, 2017


Sleep Inn & Suites Jacksonville

129 Circuit Lane, Jacksonville

North Carolina 28546    
Tel: (910) 478-0099   

Fax: (910) 478-0074   

Email: [email protected]

MANAGER: Jeff Page 

email: [email protected]

RATE:  $59.99 + tax

Memorial Day 2017

May 29, 2017

Memorial DayI have spent the weekend reflecting on the sacrifices made by our Brothers and their families this entire weekend. I am both humbled and grateful to have been among so many men who made the ultimate sacrifice that October Day so many years ago.

We are forever in your debt.

Semper Fidelis,

Bryan Ayres
President, BVA

Glenn Dolphin

On Sunday February 19, 2017 one of our Marine Brothers and a long standing Board Member of the Beirut Veterans of America passed away. 

Glenn Dolphin served as a 1st LT in the role of Asst Communications Officer for HQ 24th MAU during its deployment in Beirut from May to November of 1983. He authored an account of his experience in Beirut in a book titled 24 MAU 1983. In the book he shared his heart, humor, and commitment to duty. 

As with all of those who have graced our paths and paved the way for others to enjoy our freedom, we will miss Glenn's presence with us. We will pick up his banner and carry on the mission to remember all our fallen Brothers.

We have sent our condolences to Glenn's family on behalf of the BVA. You can find more information about the services for him and his life at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/aikenstandard/obituary.aspx?pid=184198177.

Semper Fi,

The BVA Officers and Board

Beirut Memorial Pins

October 22, 2016

With the sun shining brightly over Liversedge Field at Camp Lejeune on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, a Beirut Veteran from Battalion (BLT) 2/6 walked down the middle of the football field filled with fellow veterans and families of those who fell in Beirut. He had just heard the name a Marine he met in May of 1983 during the transfer between BLT 2/6 and BLT 1/8.  

As he walked up behind the family member who had called out the name, he tapped the shoulder to ask if he was the brother. The result of that tap and the stories shared afterwards are the inspiration behind these pins. A connection between a veteran and family member who shared a common thread in a name that represents so much more to each.

Please wear these pins with an understanding that we are not alone in our remembrance of those we honor and love.

If you want more information about how to obtain a pin please fill out our Pin request form.

The Comfort Suites, Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn Express, and Mainstay Suites all have blocks set up for Beirtut Veterans and families.

Comfort Suites, Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn Express are honoring the $65.00 plus tax per night amount for kings or doubles. Mainstay Hotel is honoring 1 Queen, $60/night; 2 Queens, $70/night. See form below for more details on room availability.

Thank you

October 28, 2015

I hope this finds everyone back at home and settled back safely into their routines no matter where you live. I’d like to say thank you to all of you who traveled to Jacksonville and to those who arranged and held separate Remembrance Ceremonies in other locations. If you weren’t able to attend a Remembrance I’m sure you were with us in spirit.

Congratulations go out to our new appointees and Board Member. They are:
Richard Truman ; New Membership Chair
Jeff Hamman; Root Scoop Editor
Stacey Pollard; Board of Directors

I look forward to working with all of you. Your willingness to step up and answer the call of service to the BVA speaks volumes.

A special thank you again this year to Dan Joy whose tireless efforts and leadership set an example for us all.

Be well.

Semper Fidelis,

Bryan Ayres
BVA, President