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LCpl Craig Wyche, USMC Remembrance Ceremony
On Friday, 23 October 2020 we mark the 37th 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, at the Ossining High School, the Marine Corps League-Westchester County Detachment, Ossining Union Free School District, American Legion, Ossining Police Department, family, friends and neighbors gathered to remember Ossining High School graduate LCpl Craig Wyche, USMC who was one of the 220 Marines killed in the barracks bombing. Each year we move further from the event but we join together to keep the memory fresh and to honor his sacrifice.
 
Detachment member, MGen Robert Wolf, NYNM (ret) was the master of ceremonies, joined by Detachment members, Donald O'Keefe (Jr. Vice Commandant), Kevin Sylvester (Chief of Police, Ossining PD), Kelly Topilnycky, Steve Topilnycky (Adjutant Paymaster).
 
The benediction was give by the American Legion Chaplain, and the wreath was presented by Sergeant Dalwin Padila, USMC, Ossining Recruiting Station.
March on the Wreath  Presentation of the Wreath   Memorial Wreath    
 
MGen Wolf  USMC Recruited with MCL Members  OVPD
 
Benidiction
  
 During the COVID-19 pandemic we were unable to conduct our normal fundraising for the scholarship. We are asking you help to keep the scholarship fund viable. You can donate online at https://www.mclwestchester.org/Programs/Donate.asp
Or you can make your check payable to "Marine Corps League" and mail to:
 
Marine Corps League
PO Box 505
White Plains NY, 10602-0505
Please enter "Marine Memorial" in the Memo Section
 
The Marine Corps League is a 501(c)4 Organization. Donations are recognized as tax deductible for tax purposes. Please support the Marine Corps League and Marine Memorial Fund. Your tax deductible donation will be greatly appreciated.
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