Business Meeting

December 31, 2019

The annual BVA meeting was held on 22 October with close to 100 people in attendance.
We heard from several people that this year's events were the biggest turnouts they had ever seen during a non-five year memorial. 


Topics covered:
The Scholarship fund is doing well and the first applications will be accepted after 10 November 2019.

Membership cards will be required at next year's meeting for those who will be voting on open board positions.

Nominations for open positions will start in February.

Starting next year, a link will be provided from the Marine Corps Base in order to gain access. More than likely, our members' names will be provided for a cross-check once those individuals enter the appropriate information to the base. Non-members will have to find their own sponsors to get on base.

There are 3 banners staged around the United States that say Beirut Veterans of America on them. The process to use them is as follows:

  • you must use the contact button on the website no less than four weeks out from the day of the event and how long you will need the banner.
  • the banner will be mailed back to the original sending address
  • you will then be reimbursed for the postage if you so desire.

While utilizing the banner or wearing anything that says Beirut Veteran please use your better judgment on conducting yourself professionally and with dignity as you are representing not only yourself but your branch of the military as well as those lives that were lost.


If you know of a veteran or gold star family member who passes away please notify the BVA by using the contact button on the website and enter as much information as possible. Just posting the information to facebook does not suffice as not everyone is on facebook and the BVA may not end up being notified.

36th Anniversary Information

October 22, 2019

More information on the 36th Beirut Memorial Observance events, dinner, hotels and meetings can be found at https://www.beirutveterans.org/36.

Beirut Memorial Ruck

October 20, 2019

The Beirut Memorial Ruck, open to 300 participants, will begin at the Jacksonville Beirut Memorial and travel along the greenway to Camp Lejeune’s Main gate and back to the Memorial. This route parallels the original memorial trees originally planted in honor of the fallen. The ruck is 10.23 miles, representing the month and day of the bombing. Participants are encouraged to carry a weighted pack though it is not mandatory; the participation fee is $35.

If you are planning on attending the Parris Island graduation and tour, please take note of the important information below. 

Agenda:

0700- Arrival

0730-0815: Morning Colors
0845-1000: Graduation Ceremony
1000-1100: Museum Tour
1100-1130: Squadbay Tour
1130-1230: Luncheon at Traditions

You need to arrive by 0700.  Try to carpool from your hotel.  Make your hotel reservations ASAP if you haven’t already done so.

https://www.beirutveterans.org/announcements?id=69F0A2A5-CBC4-4FDE-B0A6-DE344B28EBD1

Six years ago Tim Edquist, nephew of Thomas Thorstad, started a new job. His mom Janice invited him to the Beirut Memorial in Jacksonville.  He declined the invitation since he just started a new job. On October 23 he went to work and was riding with his boss who asked if he knew that it was the anniversary of the Beirut Bombing. He replied that yes, his mom had asked him to go to North Carolina for the memorial.  His supervisor was surprised and asked why he would be going. Tim explained that his uncle was killed there.  His boss, who was even more shocked at this point, replied that his brother, Edward A. Johnston was killed there. What a small world! Charlie then invited him to the memorial in Struthers, Ohio. The following year Janice and Tim attended the Struthers, Ohio memorial. While there, the Johnston family encouraged her to build a memorial and start a service in Indiana.  Janice did years of research to identify everyone who was killed from Indiana. She identified a beautiful Veterans Park that has a replica wall with the names of over 1600 men from Indiana who were killed in Vietnam. She spoke to the Veterans Park and they were happy to have a Beirut Memorial Stone there. The community really came together to make this memorial happen.  With input from the family, Janice’s nephew designed a beautiful memorial stone. The dedication took place on September 21 and had over 160 people in attendance, including several Beirut Veterans. They plan on having an annual memorial event there. 

It is special to see what can be done when one family encourages another family and a community comes together. Through this tragedy, we are all connected and are a part of one big special family.   

Membership Meeting

October 10, 2019

The general membership meeting will be held on October 22, 2019 at 1400 at the USO.  Be early, there will be a raffle and items for purchase.  A custom-designed Wellington firearm will also be there for you to see in person. 

Archives

  • Vol. XXVII Issue I - Jan/Feb 2017 - 33 Year Beirut Remembrance. The Ties that Bind Us. RSII-Jan-Feb-2017.pdf (1.3 MBs)
  • Vol. XXVI Issue I - July/Aug 2016 - 32 Year Beirut Remembrance. Another Successful Remembrance; Looking Ahead to 2016 RSII-July-Aug-2016.pdf (1.5 MBs)
  • Vol. XXII, Issue 1 – August/September 2014 - AugSep2014.pdf (6.9 MBs)