|"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference.
The Marines don't have that problem."
President Ronald Reagan, 1985
|"Their loss is not in vain and we will not break faith with them in the tasks we have ahead... We did not know they would be the first casualties -- among the first -- in the war on terrorism"
Lt. Gen. Jan C. Huly, USMC
Arlington Cemetery, October 23, 2003
|"The terrorist threat to our nation did not emerge on Sept. 11, 2001. Long before that day, radical, freedom-hating terrorists declared war on America and on the civilized world. The attack on the Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1983,..."
Dr. Condoleezza Rice
National Security Advisor
Statement to Commission on Terrorist Attacks
April 8, 2004
(and former Secretary of State)
|"We pay tribute to their service that allows us to live. They went to protect the innocent and shield the most vulnerable. The mission was inherently dangerous, and they had the courage to be involved in something bigger than themselves... Beirut was the first battlefield in the Global War on Terrorism"
Maj. Gen. David F. Bice,
Marine Corps Inspector General
October 23, 2004, Camp Lejeune, NC