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Beirut bombing memorial moving to Veterans Park

Published: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – A memorial will be rededicated Wednesday to the 241 service members killed on Oct. 23, 1983, during a bombing at the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.

The service will be at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 668 Veterans Parkway. The Veterans Memorial Park Commission will organize the ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the attack. The memorial first was set up July 6, 1986, along the Rock River in Dixon, by WSDR Radio and the Dixon Park District. It is being moved to Veterans Memorial Park.

Jim James, commission chairman, will welcome those attending. Rich Sanders, commission treasurer, will share remarks. Thom Gillespie, who dealt directly with casualties from the bombing, will then speak. Various people will read the names of the 241 service members killed. The Marine Corps League will give a 21-gun salute and play taps.

Call Sanders at 815-288-5093 or 815-998-3601 for more information.

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