Flags Fly At Half-Staff To Mark Bombing Anniversary
Wednesday marks the 30th anniversary of the Marine barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon that killed 241 U.S. service members.
Governor Andrew Cuomo directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday to honor the victims.
"On this somber occasion, we honor the sacrifice of these 241 brave individuals who gave their lives 30 years ago serving our nation," Governor Cuomo said. "I join with all New Yorkers in remembering their service and offer my thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of these heroes."
It was the deadliest terrorist attack on Americans prior to September 11, 2001.
It was also the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States Marine Corps since World War II's Battle of Iwo Jima, the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States military since the first day of the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive, and the deadliest single attack on Americans overseas since World War II.
Of the 241 service members, 24 were residents of New York state.