Sunday, October 12, 2008

Bike for the Beirut Vets

Beirut Veterans Tribute 

Reported by: Ben Manning

Friday, Oct 10, 2008 @05:48pm EST


County man will bike more than 500 miles trying to get a commemorative stamp for Beirut Veterans.

Mike Bangert served as a Marine in 
Beirut. He got their just after the October 23rd 1983 bombing. 241 servicemen were killed in the barracks bombing. 18 of them were from 

Now that we're coming up on the 25th anniversary he wants to honor the veterans that lost their lives. He took off Friday morning on a 550 mile ride from Hollidasyburg to 
Lejeune in 
North Carolina. He’s using the ride to draw attention to House Resolution 887. That bill calls for a US Postal Stamp to honor the Marines' peace keeping mission in 
Beirut. He’s already got 20 congressman signed on to co-sponsor the bill. He needs a total of 50. Congressmen Bill Shuster and John Murtha are on the list.

He’s hoping to convince people along his bike route to call their Congressman and get them to co-sponsor the bill.

Bangert will arrive in 
Lejeune for the remembrance ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the 
Beirut bombing.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:52 PM

    It only take a few minutes to call a congress person to ask to co sponsor a bill. We are such a lazy country with such great freedoms that we tend to take for granted!! This person is doing something he believes in what about the rest of us?


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