October 23, 2019
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.), along with Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), introduced a bipartisan resolution that would designate today as a national day of remembrance for members of the United States Armed Forces who were killed or injured by the terrorist attack on the United States Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983. Text of the resolution may be found here.
“This cowardly terrorist attack was one of the deadliest ever perpetrated against our United States Marines Corps. For the 241 men and women of our armed forces whose lives were taken, we commit today to remember them, to honor their service, and to keep their families in our prayers. I join my colleagues today to propose this resolution so that we may never forget these brave Americans and their commitment to our country,” said Senator Jones, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
On October 23, 1983, an Iranian national drove a truck bomb into the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. The devastating bombing killed 220 Marines and dozens of other personnel. The attack was perpetrated by Hezbollah, a terror group founded, trained, and financially supported by the Iranian regime.
Also sponsoring the resolution are Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.).
Senator Jones also sponsored legislation earlier this year to assist the families of the victims of the barracks attack. The bill would allow family members to seek additional restitution from Iran for their loved ones’ deaths. At least 35 of these family members are Alabama residents.