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Beirut Bombing Memorial Ceremony

On 23 October 2015 we mark the 32nd anniversary of the terrorist attack of the Marine Peace Keeping Force, who were deployed at the Beirut International Airport.  During their deployment a terrorist drove his hijacked truck into the building that was serving as the barracks for the 1st Battalion 8th Marines (BLT), and then detonated his explosive.  The death toll was 241 American servicemen: 220 Marines, 18 sailors, and 3 soldiers, making this incident the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States Marine Corps since World War II's Battle of Iwo Jima.

Of those Marines killed, two were from Westchester County, Cpl James Jackowski and LCpl Craig Wyche.  Our Detachment maintains scholarships in the name of these two Marines (please see http://www.mclwestchester.org/programs/Marine-Memorial-Scholarship-Fund.asp), and we continue to remember their sacrifice.

On Friday, 23 October, on the anniversary of the bombing, Ossining High School, in conjunction with the Marine Corps League-Westchester County Detachment, American Legion Post 506 and V.F.W. Post 1041 will be holding a memorial ceremony to remember Ossining High School graduate LCpl Craig Wyche.  We are seeking not only members to attend the ceremony, but for members to participate as part of our honor guard.  For anyone interested, please contact Sr. Vice Commandant, Stephen Smalley at srvicecommandant@mclwestchester.org.   The ceremony will take place at the Ossining High School, Route 9 and Highland Avenue (across from First Presbyterian Church), Ossining, NY.

Semper Fidelis,
James (Jim) V. Mazzone
Serving you as your Commandant

http://www.mclwestchester.org

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