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.