People gathered at Camp Lejeune to remember the 1983 Beirut bomb blast that killed more than 241 U.S. service personnel. Two-hundred and twenty Marines and 21 others lost their lives when a truck bomb exploded at the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. It was the deadliest attack against U.S. Marines since the battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.
North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis joined a bipartisan group of senators Wednesday to introduce a resolution that would designate Oct. 23 as a national day of remembrance for those killed or injured in the Beirut bombing.
“The Camp Lejeune family remembers Oct. 23, 1983, with a heavy heart, where North Carolina tragically lost loved ones to the Beirut barracks bombings carried out by Hezbollah terrorists,” said Tillis.
The Beirut Memorial honoring the 241 American peacekeepers is located outside the gate of Camp Gilbert H. Johnson, a satellite camp of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
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