October 23, 2020

Young, Cotton, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Honoring Beirut Bombing Victims

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Indiana) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), along with 11 other Senators, introduced a resolution to designate today as a national day of remembrance for members of the United States Armed Forces who were killed or injured by the terrorist attack on the United States Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983. Text of the resolution may be found here.

 

“The deadly barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, on this day in 1983 took the lives of 220 Marines and 21 other military personnel serving on a mission of peace. Honoring the sacrifice of my fellow Marines, and all those who lost loved ones in the bombing, is the least we can do to pay tribute to these heroes. I’m proud to introduce this resolution to mark today as a national day of remembrance for the fearless members of the United States Armed Forces who fell for our country 37 years ago,” said Senator Young.

 

“This fateful day in 1983 marks the deadliest day for the Marine Corps since the Battle of Iwo Jima. Iran’s terrorist proxy Hezbollah killed 220 Marines, along with 21 other servicemembers across our Armed Forces. Our resolution makes certain that our nation remembers their sacrifice on the anniversary of their tragic deaths,” said Senator Cotton.  

 

Background:

 

On October 23, 1983, an Iranian national drove a truck bomb into the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. The devastating bombing killed 220 Marines and dozens of other personnel. The attack was perpetrated by Hezbollah, a terror group founded, trained, and financially supported by the Iranian regime. 

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