Patriot Pup

December 31, 2019

On 22 October the Patriot Pup had a Milk and Cookies event at the Jacksonville Barnes and Noble.
On 18 October 2019 over 20 Beirut Veterans and Gold Star Family Members went to Parris Island, South Carolina to attend a Graduation of over 550 new Marines.
The Beirut Veterans and Gold Star Family Members were recognized at the 0800 morning colors and prior to the graduation.
After the graduation, a brief tour was conducted of the recruits' barracks and the Museum followed by a small buffet luncheon.

As the year comes to end, you, the Members, have been busy, always keeping in your thoughts and prayers those young men whose lives were taken so long ago from 1958 to those in the mid-1990s.

To those who were not able to attend the Membership meeting on the 22nd of October, I'll provide you with a brief overview.

Michael Gaines presented a 15-minute presentation on a Memorial being erected in Port Charlotte Florida that will hopefully be done in 2020.

The BVA Scholarship was finalized and 7 Members volunteered to be on the Scholarship Committee to oversee those applications submitted.

Mr. Combs from Wellington Arms did a 15-minute presentation on the Beirut Veterans Commemorative Pistol. Two were purchased/ordered that day. 

Amazon smiles can be used for donations to the BVA. In 2019, we took in a little over 50 dollars from the program.

There are currently 3 Banners that can be utilized for activities that you, the members, can set up through your local veteran's groups. Use the contact button on the BVA Website to provide the board with the mailing address you want the banner sent to; once you send it back you can be reimbursed for your postage.

While at these functions you are representing those we honor every day by your actions (I know this goes without saying but it was brought up at the USO Meeting).

People are playing Pokemon Go on the memorial grounds and we've contacted the base and the company to make that a closed out zone on the Geotags.

The 2020 Octoberfest will also be held in Jacksonville starting the 22nd of October so hotels may go quick.  Information on hotels will be out in early summer.

The Inaugural Beirut Ruck was a great success for the first year with over 50 people participating in the 10.23 mile hike. Canned goods were collected and donated to the local women's center.

New people (members and associates) joined while at the USO. We have been informed this was the largest turnout to an off-year memorial. The Jacksonville Advisory Committee ran out of the 1,300 pamphlets on the 23rd's service.

Alan Opra and Jack MacDonald helped run the raffle, and it was a huge success.

If you hear of one of our Brothers or Gold Star Family members passing, please use the contact button on the BVA Website so the appropriate actions can be taken.

If you sponsor or assist in Memorial services and have pictures or know of Memorial services coming up, once again use the website's contact button, as far out as you can, and send pictures after so we can get the information into the RSII.

I hope everyone has a wonderful 2020.

"The First Duty is to Remember"

Semper Fi.

Myron Kyle

President, BVA

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.

To access the base for the service on Camp Geiger, you will need base access.  In order to get base access, you must have a driver's license, DoD ID card, passport, or school ID if under the age of 18. If a state ID says “not for federal ID" then you must present two photo ID's. You must also show vehicle registration, insurance card, and rental agreement (if applicable) to drive on base. .

You are required to have a sponsor.  The following individuals will serve as a sponsor. . 

David Seelye will be at Camp Geiger from 0730 until approx. 0930 on the 22nd.

Ricky Williams will be at Camp Geiger from 0900 to 1000 on the 22nd.

After 1000, those wishing to get on Camp Geiger will need to find their own sponsor.

The attached link can provide you with additional information about base access. 

https://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MARADMINS/Article/1665372/access-control-the-real-id-act-of-2005 

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)