Kaelah Wallace and family at her Great Grandmother's grave
There were two scholarships awarded for the 2nd Annual BVA Scholarship in 2021. Both scholarships were named in honor of Beirut Veterans. One was 1st Lt. John Boyett who was killed in the Beirut Bombing, and the other was long term BVA Board Member Bill Yontz. Both recipients had connections to the BVA and each of their stories highlight the importance of the BVA Scholarship. Please take the time to learn more about each recipient and why they were selected.
Please click the read more to find details regarding membership and upcoming events. Some events, such as Oktoberfest, have been cancelled in Jacksonville due to a spike in Covid there. As of now the October 23rd Anniversary Remembrance is still schedule to take place. We will provide updates as we receive them.
The Other Wall -By R.A. Gannon-
It does not stand in Washington
By others of its kind
In prominence and dignity
With mission clear defined.
It does not list the men who died
That tyranny should cease
But speaks in silent eloquence
Of those who came in peace.
This Other Wall is solemn white
And cut in simple lines
And it nestles in the splendor
Of the Carolina pines.
The BVA is proud to announce its endorsement of the We Came in Peace documentary project. This project is dedicated to the members of the United States military who made the ultimate sacrifice in Lebanon between 1982 and 1984, their Gold Star families and surviving comrades-in-arms, as well as the United States Foreign Service, Multinational Force members, and our Lebanese allies.
1. Postcards are being sent out to Members with whom we've lost contact. If you know someone who's moved, doesn't hear from us, or we haven't had contact with, they can update their information at https://www.beirutveterans.org/membership-update.
2. The USO is doing a Ruck this year, more details will follow shortly.
3. BVA Annual meeting 10/22/2021 at the USO.
4. Please remember to bring your Membership Card to vote for Board Members at the USO on 10/22/2021.
5. Scholarships are in and graded and should be announced shortly on this year's recipients and 2021 2022 will once again be opened November the 10th.
6. Please provide us with all Memorial Info this year so we can Post it online!
7. The Fall Veterans Memorial/Beirut Memorial in Mentor, Ohio will be Saturday 10/2/2021.
North Carolina Scholarship
Thank you to Mrs. Pollard for volunteering her time and knowledge to be our chairperson for the BVA Scholarship Committee.

The Scholarship program has been in the making for several years and with the help of everyone it has now come to a reality.

At this point in time we have less than a dozen scholarship applications, If you know of any people who work in the education system please send them the BVA Scholarship link from our webpage (https://www.beirutveterans.org/scholarship). If you know of any veteran organizations in your area please pass along the information to them as well, as the application process runs out on 31 January 2021.
As we close out the year 2020 and look back to the challenges it brought our nation and the world, it is also a time to reflect on the importance of our BVA mission; The First Duty is to Remember.

Thank you to Dan Joy for sharing this picture at the Beirut Wall on Christmas day. We look forward to preparing for our annual gathering in October of 2021, and the opportunity to once again remember our fallen brothers together.