Beirut bombing remembered at Camp Lejeune

Published: Oct. 23, 2018 at 5:32 AM EDT
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A special ceremony was held this morning at Camp Lejeune to commemorate the solemn anniversary of the Beirut bombing.

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the Beirut bomb blast that killed 273 service members during the Lebanese Civil War in 1983.

245 Marines, 20 sailors, and eight civilians were killed when a non-Lebanese truck driver drove a truck full of explosives into a Marine Regiment Headquarters building in Beirut. Many of them were stationed at Camp Lejeune.

Melinda Hollingshead lost her husband to the bombing. The two were high school sweethearts. She says, "If my husband had to pass away, this was how it was supposed to be. He was a true Marine. This year has been very special because it's the first time I met anybody that knew him when he was over there. Most of his unit was killed, so it's taken 35 years."

The ceremony was held at the Beirut Memorial site on base.