POW/MIA Remembrance Day
(Third Friday of September)
Thousands are still missing
From those Wars of the past
Slowly, some are coming home
To grieving Families, at last.
Some found in unmarked graves
On foreign lands across the sea
With the science of DNA
To reveal, their true identity.
JPAC was formed to find them
Around fourteen hundred, to date
And for loved ones seeking closure
It surely, never is, too late.
They think, forty thousand left
They might be able to recover
As they follow leads and tips
From, one country to another.
Some remains, may be lost forever
Like those Heroes, resting in the Deep
But, to bring those others home
Is a solemn promise, we must keep.
It's a very noble thing they do
As, they go, and search, and find
Those, who died for our Country
For, we must, leave no one behind.
Every year we have a special day
To, remember those still lost
To, renew that promise to them
No matter what, it may cost.
Del "Abe" Jones
Media: For More Info: Randy Gaddo (770) 629-2613
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Veterans/Family Groups Remember Fallen Heroes 25
Beirut Remembrance Will Be Held Oct. 23, 2008 in
Families and fellow service members will honor
fallen heroes who were killed 25 years ago on
October 23, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon. On that day,
a terrorist truck bomb exploded in a barracks,
killing 220 Marines, 18 sailors and 3 soldiers and
injuring many others.
Thousands will attend the 25th Remembrance October
23, 2008 near Camp Lejeune, in Jacksonville, N.C.,
home of the Beirut Memorial. The memorial includes
a wall with the names of American service men
killed during the multinational “peacekeeping”
mission in Beirut, Lebanon from 1982-84 and during
the Grenada humanitarian rescue mission in October
1983. In all, 273 gave their lives in the name of
freedom and peace there between 1982-84 and many
others were injured, some permanently.
The city of Jacksonville, N.C. and Marine Corps
Base Camp Lejeune have facilitated the Remembrance
each year since 1984.
The Remembrance also honors the service of those
who participated 50 years ago during a similar
1958 Beirut operation.
At the time of the 1983 bombing, it was the most
serious terrorist act against Americans ever
experienced, and a precursor of what was to come.
Parallels have been drawn between it and the
September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York,
Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. Some of the same
terrorists were involved in both.
The 1,000-member Beirut Veterans of America is a
veteran’s group formed in 1992 to ensure that the
service men killed in Beirut are always
remembered. The Beirut Connection is a group of
families who joined together soon after the
bombing to mourn their deceased men in Beirut and
have stayed together since.
The 25th Remembrance will feature a candlelight
vigil at the Memorial at 6 a.m. on October 23rd,
where all the names on the wall will be read
“Reading their names aloud ensures that these men
are remembered for their courage and their
sacrifice,” says Bob Jordan, a retired Marine
Corps major and the founding president of the BVA.
This sentiment echoes the BVA motto, “The First
Duty is to Remember.” “For just that brief moment,
they walk again among us,” said Jordan.
At 10:30 a.m. on the 23rd, there will be a special
ceremony held at the Memorial, featuring guest
speakers, military band music and attended by
hundreds of family and fellow service members.
President Ronald Reagan first sent U.S. military
services to Beirut in 1982 to assist in the
evacuation of 600 civilians from 2 dozen countries
out of Beirut when political unrest made the area
unsafe. Later, U.S. Marines helped see to the safe
evacuation of Yassar Arafat and his 15,000-man PLO
army from Beirut.
Marines were called in again as part of a
multi-national peacekeeping force to try and keep
the peace while Lebanon’s government had a chance
to reform after the assassination of President
Bashir Gemayel. Meanwhile, President Reagan
authorized a successful military intervention to
rescue American students threatened by a communist
regime in Grenada. The unit that was on ships
heading to Beirut to relieve the Marine unit
decimated by the bombing was diverted to carry out
the Grenada mission.
The Beirut deployment started quietly, but
gradually hostilities among the many warring
factions in Beirut drew the Marines into
increasing levels of involvement. The hostilities
peaked with the truck bombing and continued until
President Reagan withdrew the forces in February
U.S. service members had also been sent to Beirut
in 1958 on a similar mission, but one that ended
without a similar deadly turn of events as in the
1982-84 deployment. The 1958 deployment is
credited with delaying the Lebanese civil war for
almost two decades.
Those interested in more information or photos
about the U.S. in Beirut can go to the official
BVA website at
This page is made with
permission from Del "Abe" Jones.
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