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Hagel Marks 30th Anniversary of Beirut Barracks Bombing

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who is in Brussels today meeting with NATO defense ministers, has issued a statement commemorating the 30th anniversary of the deadly terrorist attack on a Marine barracks in Beirut.

Here is the secretary’s statement:

Today we remember the 241 U.S. service members who were killed 30 years ago in the attacks by Hezbollah against the U.S. Marine compound in Beirut. It was a deadly and tragic day for the Marines, the Department of Defense, and the United States of America -- one that will never be forgotten.

The United States will always honor the sacrifice of those fallen service members, whose mission was to bring peace and security to Lebanon. As we reflect on the legacy of that terrible day, we strengthen our resolve to support the people of Lebanon, and we give thanks for the many sacrifices our military, development and diplomatic personnel are making across the globe to protect Americans and promote our values and interests.


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