Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Thousands attend tribute for fallen at Beirut Memorial

Ceremony honors tragedy in Beirut with moment of silence
Update: Thousands attend tribute for fallen
Jacksonville Daily News
By Daily News staff
October 23, 2013

Thousands bowed their heads for a moment of silence during a Wednesday morning ceremony which marked the 30th anniversary of the terrorist attack in Beirut, Lebanon.

Following a somber candlelight vigil before sunrise at Lejeune Memorial Gardens, Marines and sailors of all generations joined family and friends of the fallen to commemorate the sacrifice that 241 young men made on Oct. 23, 1983 when a truck laden with explosives detonated at the Marine barracks in Lebanon.

The ceremony featured speeches from Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips and Marine Col. Timothy Geraghty, the former commander of the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit. The official address was given by Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos and featured former Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Alfred Gray Jr. as the guest speaker.
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