Oct
19
Sat
Military Day Vehicles & Beirut Remembrance @ Mesa Market Place Swap Meet
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Military Day at Mesa Market Place

Military Vehicle and Equipment Event from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., and Beirut Barracks Bombing Remembrance at Mesa Market Place Swap Meet, Saturday, October 19, 11:00 a.m.

The Military Vehicle and Equipment Event: There’s nothing like vintage Military Vehicles to evoke memories for anyone who served in the Armed Forces. Dozens of vehicles will be on display that have been painstakingly rehabilitated to operational status. These vehicles will be a testimony to the soldiers who used these vehicles in conflict and during wartime.

There will also be equipment, uniforms, and swag on display.

Chuck Byers, an Army Medic during Vietnam, will display his Medic Bag. This bag is a testament to the courage possessed by Chuck Byers and all Medics during the war. The bag represents hope and human resilience and endurance to survive wounds suffered on the battlefield. Mr. Byers words of encouragement accomplished as much to help a wounded service person to survive, as much as the meds and bandages he used on them.  

The Beirut Barracks Remembrance: The public and all service people are invited to participate in Mesa Market Place Swap Meet’s Beirut Barracks Bombings Remembrance at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 19 The POW MIA KIA Honor Guard will officiate and lead the remembrance.

Here is some background information about the Beirut Barracks Bombings.  On October 23, 1983, in Beirut, Lebanon, during the Lebanese Civil War, two truck bombs struck separate buildings housing United States and French military forces—members of the Multinational Force (MNF) in Lebanon—killing 299 American and French servicemen.

In the attack on the building serving as a barracks for the 1st Battalion 8th Marines (Battalion Landing Team – BLT 1/8), the death toll was 241 American servicemen: 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers, along with 60 Americans injured, representing the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States Marine Corps since World War II’s Battle of Iwo Jima, the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States military since the first day of the Vietnam War’s Tet Offensive, and the deadliest single attack on Americans overseas since World War II.

Military Day will be set up on the Fourth Row, Row D. The event is free.

A table will be set up so adults and children can write notes and color pictures to go into ‘Packages From Home’ care packages headed to service people serving in the Middle East.

The Mesa Market Place is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and is at 10550 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ 85209, at exit 193 Signal Butte Rd. and Hwy 60. Info: 480-380-5572 and www.mesamarket.com. Fully handicapped accessible. Free Parking, admission, and entertainment.