Tuesday, October 18, 2011

History Lesson

On October 23, 1983 the barracks were bombed in Beirut, Lebanon where 241 American servicemen lost their lives. It was the deadliest single day death toll since Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War. The explosives were equivalent to 12,000 lbs of TNT.
For 2 decades the Armed Forces MC has paid tribute to these servicemen by doing a run to the Beirut memorial in Jacksonville, NC.

Some came from VA to attend this run. The run has shrunk due to people leaving the area, or other places attempting this run in their own area.

I was lucky enough to take part and photograph some of the events of the day.

We arrived at the Beirut Memorial and had a few words.

I never knew that we had this but it is an I-Beam form the World Trade Center.

This new addition to the memorials was this new Vietnam Memorial.

Sometimes small runs like this can remind you to do two things, get out and ride your local scene because the town is always changing, and thank a Veteran for what they did, do, or are gonna do.

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