Memorial Day 2017

May 29, 2017

Memorial DayI have spent the weekend reflecting on the sacrifices made by our Brothers and their families this entire weekend. I am both humbled and grateful to have been among so many men who made the ultimate sacrifice that October Day so many years ago.

We are forever in your debt.

Semper Fidelis,

Bryan Ayres
President, BVA

Glenn Dolphin

On Sunday February 19, 2017 one of our Marine Brothers and a long standing Board Member of the Beirut Veterans of America passed away. 

Glenn Dolphin served as a 1st LT in the role of Asst Communications Officer for HQ 24th MAU during its deployment in Beirut from May to November of 1983. He authored an account of his experience in Beirut in a book titled 24 MAU 1983. In the book he shared his heart, humor, and commitment to duty. 

As with all of those who have graced our paths and paved the way for others to enjoy our freedom, we will miss Glenn's presence with us. We will pick up his banner and carry on the mission to remember all our fallen Brothers.

We have sent our condolences to Glenn's family on behalf of the BVA. You can find more information about the services for him and his life at:

Semper Fi,

The BVA Officers and Board

Beirut Memorial Pins

October 22, 2016

With the sun shining brightly over Liversedge Field at Camp Lejeune on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, a Beirut Veteran from Battalion (BLT) 2/6 walked down the middle of the football field filled with fellow veterans and families of those who fell in Beirut. He had just heard the name a Marine he met in May of 1983 during the transfer between BLT 2/6 and BLT 1/8.  

As he walked up behind the family member who had called out the name, he tapped the shoulder to ask if he was the brother. The result of that tap and the stories shared afterwards are the inspiration behind these pins. A connection between a veteran and family member who shared a common thread in a name that represents so much more to each.

Please wear these pins with an understanding that we are not alone in our remembrance of those we honor and love.

If you want more information about how to obtain a pin please fill out our Pin request form.

The Comfort Suites, Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn Express, and Mainstay Suites all have blocks set up for Beirtut Veterans and families.

Comfort Suites, Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn Express are honoring the $65.00 plus tax per night amount for kings or doubles. Mainstay Hotel is honoring 1 Queen, $60/night; 2 Queens, $70/night. See form below for more details on room availability.

Thank you

October 28, 2015

I hope this finds everyone back at home and settled back safely into their routines no matter where you live. I’d like to say thank you to all of you who traveled to Jacksonville and to those who arranged and held separate Remembrance Ceremonies in other locations. If you weren’t able to attend a Remembrance I’m sure you were with us in spirit.

Congratulations go out to our new appointees and Board Member. They are:
Richard Truman ; New Membership Chair
Jeff Hamman; Root Scoop Editor
Stacey Pollard; Board of Directors

I look forward to working with all of you. Your willingness to step up and answer the call of service to the BVA speaks volumes.

A special thank you again this year to Dan Joy whose tireless efforts and leadership set an example for us all.

Be well.

Semper Fidelis,

Bryan Ayres
BVA, President