October 23, 2013, marks the 30th anniversary of the bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, which killed nearly 250 American service members—220 of them Marines.
In response to this tragedy—the deadliest day for the United States Marine Corps since the Battle of Iwo Jima—the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation took swift action, providing 102 treasury note certificates of $10,000 each — valued at a total of nearly $1,500,000 today — to the children of all of those who lost their lives in the bombing. These certificates matured when the child turned 18, providing many of them with an unprecedented opportunity to continue their educations past high school.
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation remains semper fidelis to the children of the Beirut fallen. We have heard some of your stories, and are so proud to hear the ways you used this investment to create a better future for yourselves and your families.
This year, we are working to connect with those we supported 30 years ago. We would love to hear your story and how the treasury note was helpful to you. With your permission, we’ll share your success with our community of investors—some of whom made those bonds possible.
If you are the child of a service member who was killed in Beirut, and you received a bond from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, we want to hear from you. Share your story at firstname.lastname@example.org.