The concrete piles seen at William R Gaines Jr. Veterans Memorial Park in Charlotte County are all part of a project to forever remember the 241 American service members who tragically lost their lives in a suicide bombing in Lebanon on October 23, 1983.

The Map to Bill’s Memories

October 18, 2023

I grew up in the civil war in Lebanon. When it ended, I was nearly 11. I heard whispers here and there about “the Americans” landing in Lebanon. My parents’ generation never spoke about the war. BY: Mireille Rebeiz, PhD.