County Remembers 30th Anniversary of Beirut Bombing


Preston Joins Veteran Service Agency in Remembrance of Beirut Bombing
Re-Dedication of Memorial for Binghamton Native Lance Corporal Mark Payne


[Binghamton, NY] – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston joined local veterans and members of the County’s Veteran Services Agency to honor a Binghamton man, who lost his life in a bombing in Beirut in 1983.


Preston presented a certificate to the Sandra Lainhart, mother of Lance Corporal Mark W. Payne, in remembrance of the 30th anniversary of the bombing that claimed the lives of 241 Marines and sailors, including Mr. Payne.


A plaque in Payne’s honor was also rededicated to Payne, honoring his service and ultimate sacrifice. The plaque will be put up on the wall in the Veteran Service Agency office on the fourth floor of the Broome County Office Building.


It was moved from Kennedy Park during recent renovations.


“It’s important for us to take a moment to remember the sacrifice of all of our veterans, both past and present,” says Preston.  “Lance Corporal Payne paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country. We must also remember those who not only fought in battle, but put their lives on the line daily for our freedom.”


The Veteran’s Services Agency also accepted a flag which flew over the Beirut Embassy, presented by a Navy Sea Bee.


The bombing happened on October 23, 1983 at the Battalion Landing Team headquarters building in the Marine Amphibious Unit Compound at the Beirut International Airport.


“It marks the single deadliest day for the Marine Corps since the battle of Iwo Jima in World War II,” says Broome County Veteran Services director Brian Vojtisek.


Payne and his fellow Marines were there as part of a multi-national peacekeeping force deployed to help stabilize Lebanon until a government could be established as foreign forces withdrew.


A formal ceremony is being held at the Beirut Memorial near the Marine Corps Base at Camp LeJune, North Carolina.



10/25/2013 - 1:45pm