The Connecticut Beirut Memorial Stone will be officially dedicated next year on October 10th, 2020 in Bantam Connecticut at the CT Beirut Memorial Ceremony.  More information will be forthcoming in the future.

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 

The annual Mentor Ohio Memorial was held this past weekend.  

https://www.news-herald.com/news/th-annual-fall-memorial-service-held-in-mentor/article_50b40b3e-e7ac-11e9-bdfc-2fdca0f3f794.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share

Kevin Ayers is a familiar name to many Beirut Vets and family members and now he is your BVA Vice President.  Kevin joined the Corps in 1980 and served in Beirut with the 2531 Radio Men with MSSG 24 from May to November 1983 as Lance Corporal.  Kevin returned to Camp Lejeune where he was stationed with the 2nd Medical battalion until leaving the Corps in 1984.

After leaving the Corps, Kevin entered the commercial printing industry where he has worked since 1987.

Kevin has been very involved in the BVA for the last decade in an informal capacity as a life member.  Though he has not held a formal office until now, he has been very involved, including participating in the Memorial Day parade for 8 years and attending the Memorial in North Carolina during the past 12 years, making it there more frequently in the past 5 years.  

Other than the BVA, Kevin is involved with the American Legion, VFW, and local Sportsman’s Club where he served as president for 5 years.   

In his spare time Kevin enjoys kayaking, hunting, and fishing. He enjoys the outdoors and gets to travel for work.     

Kevin says he is looking forward to working with the board and for members in the future.  He also wants members to feel free to contact him for any needs or questions. His email is [email protected]  

 

This year was the 4th annual Michigan Beirut Veterans get together. This one-day event was held at the Clare VFW. The veterans and family had pizza from a local pizza shop and enjoyed the camaraderie of other veterans from the area. 

The Beirut Memorial in Struthers Ohio will take place on October 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm.  The memorial will take place at the Peacekeepers Memorial near Hamilton Lake on Poland Ave. at Hamilton Blvd. and Fifth St.

 

Friday October 4th through Sunday October 6th.
Holiday Inn - rooms under Fall Veterans Memorial or BVA/Beirut Veterans
Address7701 Reynolds Rd, Mentor, OH 44060
Smokers: Studio 6, next door.
Address7677 Reynolds Rd, Mentor, OH 44060

Itinerary:

Friday evening.  Arrival. Likely subs, wings and pizza in the reserved Parker Conference Room.  
Saturday.  Memorial is at the Mentor Civic Center at 1215.  Immediately following, Beirut Veterans convoy to Cpl. David Daugherty Park for a Remembrance of Sgt. Manny Cox's Squad of 8 KIA.
All will return to Gunny's Hall, Col. Justice Chambers Detachment 555 of the Marine Corps League for chow.
Rest & Relaxation.
Dinner will likely be Smoky Bones in the Parker Room with more stories and camaraderie, possibly with libations present.. 

Indiana Service Members Killed in Beirut Memorial Dedication

When: September 21, 2019 at noon

Where: HWY 49 and Porter Ave.  Chesterton, Indiana.  

Reception immediately following at the American Legion Post 170 at 798 Wabash Ave. Chesterton, Indiana.