The concrete piles seen at William R Gaines Jr. Veterans Memorial Park in Charlotte County are all part of a project to forever remember the 241 American service members who tragically lost their lives in a suicide bombing in Lebanon on October 23, 1983.
The War on Terror for America began on the morning of October 23, 1983. This year will mark the 40th Anniversary of the Beirut Bombing that killed 241 US service men in a single day with a formulated suicide attack. Minutes later a second attack killed 58 French paratroopers. The same terrorist who planned these attacks helped plan September 11, 2001.
Dr. Breckenridge will share his personal story of the Beirut Peacekeepers along with the historical significance of their mission, and its impact on both our nation and internationally. It is a story that must be told.
At the groundbreaking, Chip will share his personal story of service to his country and community, along with the significance of the Beirut Peacekeepers Tower for him and other Beirut Veterans who served during the peacekeeping mission. It is a story of grace and dedication to the service of others.