The City of Jacksonville and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune will once again honor their pledge to never forget as they hold the 31st Beirut Remembrance on October 23, 2014.
The BVA will staff an information and check in station at the Jacksonville USO from noon—6 p.m. Oct. 21 and 10 a.m.—6 p.m. Oct. 22.
BVA President Bryan Ayres said, “We will have a business meeting at 3 p.m. at the USO on Oct 22nd. We have some board seats to fill, new business to address and general concerns that need to be discussed. I urge anyone in town to plan to attend.”
The Candlelight Service will be held as is custom at 6 a.m. Oct. 23 at the Memorial. Candles and holders are provided by the BVA. All names on the wall will be read by family members, friends and fellow service members.
The traditional 10:30 a.m. official ceremony is being planned by the City of Jacksonville and Marine Corps Base at the Beirut Memorial. At 2 p.m. the Marine Corps League hosts it annual Devil Dogs Ceremony at Camp Geiger Circle.
BVA Vice President Danny Joy has been working in Jacksonville to secure blocks of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Suites and Candlewood Suites, at special BVA rates. He is also asking for up to three handicap rooms at each hotel. Watch the BVA Website (www.beirutveterans.org) for updated information.