LEWISTON – Veterans from area organizations gathered at Veterans Memorial Park for memorial services commemorating the anniversaries of the terrorist bombings of the U.S. Marine Barracks in Lebanon on Oct. 23, 1983, and the terrorist bombing of the USS Cole at a refueling dock in Yemen on Oct. 12, 2000. Seventeen crew members died.

Terrorists killed 241 U.S. Marines and Navy personnel as they slept in their barracks in Lebanon.

The program opened with singing of the national anthem and saying the Pledge of Allegiance by those assembled. The invocation was delivered by Jerry DerBoghosian, president-emeritus of the USS Canberra Association.

Past Commandant Roland Cyr, Central Maine Marine Corps League, gave an account of the bombing of the Marine Corps barracks while DerBoghosian gave an account of the bombing of the USS Cole.

The assembly sang the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy service songs and a moment of silence was observed. “Taps” was sounded the the program closed with “God Bless America” by the assembly.

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