Beirut Peacemakers Memorial Tower is undergoing Phase 1

By: Victoria Scott (Fox 4 News)

February 21, 2024

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.
After 40 years of remembering the events that impacted all of our lives in one form or another on October 23, 1983, it is sometimes easy to look back and feel the world has forgotten the men who died for the mission of peace in Beirut Lebanon.
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.