On 22 October the Patriot Pup had a Milk and Cookies event at the Jacksonville Barnes and Noble.
On 19 October and 20 October the 4th annual Beirut Memorial Motorcycle ride sponsored by the local Strength and Honor Motorcycle Club was held and on the 20th of October the inaugural USO Beirut 10.23 Memorial Ruck was held with 60 participating in the event.
Canned goods were donated through the BVA members and local community members, these items were then collected and given to the Onslow County Women's center.

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. 


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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.

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.