1983 Beirut bombing victims honored

On October 23rd, 1983, two truck bombs struck buildings in Beirut, Lebanon killing a total of 307 people.

Posted: Oct 24, 2021 1:07 PM

ILION, N.Y. -- The Marine Corps League Herkimer Detachment #277 honor those in the 1983 Beirut, Lebanon bombings on Saturday.

As names were named, a bell was rung to signify the end of day for those 241 U.S. Marines who gave the ultimate sacrifice 38 years ago.

On October 23rd, 1983, two truck bombs struck buildings in Beirut, Lebanon killing a total of 307 people.

Speeches were given by many distinguished members of the community, a benediction and the playing of Taps to honor those who lost their lives.

An engraved stone was also planted outside the detachment to honor those who have fallen.

“It's a reminder of the tragedy that happened on that day. Like I said, terrorism was born on that day as we know it. It was Marines that died but the uniform don't make the man, the man makes the uniform. We had a naval corpsman there and we had army personnel that were affected by it too”, says Stan Lewosko who is apart of Herkimer Detachment #277.

The Deputy Mayor of Ilion also gave a proclamation that every year on October 23rd in the town of Ilion, the community will honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on that day.

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