Reported by: Ben Manning
Friday, Oct 10, 2008 @05:48pm EST
HOLLIDAYSBURG, BLAIR COUNTY
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
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