BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Veterans Day is a time for honoring the legacy of all men and women who have served the U.S. Yet this year for one generation of Americans the holiday has special significance.
Last month NEWS CENTER introduced you to Mark Nevells. He is one of the many Mainers who was serving in Beirut in October of 1983. That's when a terrorist bombing at the city's airport claimed the lives of hundreds of American Marines, soldiers and sailors who were in Lebanon on a peace keeping mission.
Nevells was serving in the Marine corps at the time of the attack. In October he attended a special ceremony to honor the fallen at the Beirut Memorial in North Carolina. Nevells says the experience left an impression that he won't soon forget.
"Anybody that's been through any tragic situation..whether it be through civilian life...we all get the feeling that people don't understand," he said, "and when you get to see people that were there with you 30 years ago..you know they understand...what you're feeling...what you're thinking about..and its actually very comforting."
In all the 1983 bombing in Beirut took the lives of 241 American servicemen. Most of them were Marines. Islamic militants would later claim responsibility for the attack.
Among the dead was one Marine from our state. That was corporal Bruce Howard of Strong, Maine.