County to build memorial tower at Gaines Park

The Beirut Memorial Tower will honor 241 Americans killed in suicide bombing

December 5, 2022

Charlotte County is moving forward to begin construction of a tower memorializing the lives lost in the 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Beirut.

Honoring families of the fallen

Published by The Daily Sun

November 6, 2022

Dozens gathered at The William R. Gaines Jr. Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday for the unveiling of a Gold Star Families Memorial Marker honoring fallen troops.
With a goal to "Honor and Remember" the many families who have lost a hero in military service, please join us to dedicate the Gold Star Families Memorial Marker at the William R. Gaines Jr. Veterans Memorial Park at 20499 Edgewater Drive, Port Charlotte, FL 33952 (East of the flag pole).

Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 1:00 pm.
Main Entrance with Flag for WRGJ park
Soon, construction will begin on the Beirut Peacekeepers Memorial Tower, in Port Charlotte, a town recently impacted by hurricane Ian, at a park named after one of the Marines who died in the Beirut explosion, Cpl. William R. Gaines, Jr.
By Senator Connie Mack (Retired)

Veterans memorial officially dedicated at Gaines Park

Charlotte Sun Article

February 17, 2022

Ken Wint, from Gold Star Families, spoke of his brother Capt. Walter E. Wint Jr. — another Marine killed in Beirut. Capt. Wint was Gaines’ superior officer at the time of the bombing.