President Obama honors fallen service members from 1983 attack on marine barracks

U.S. President Barack Obama made a statement on Wednesday honoring the 241 military service members who lost their lives in an attack on the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1983.

"Thirty years ago today, 220 Marines, 18 sailors, and 3 soldiers lost their lives to a Hizballah suicide bomber who attacked the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon," Obama said. "Minutes later, 58 French paratroopers lost their lives when a second Hizballah suicide bomber attacked the French barracks. This despicable act of terrorism was the deadliest single-day death toll for the U.S. Marine Corps since the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima."

Obama said the marine troops were in Lebanon on a peace mission. On Wednesday, Obama honored the fallen men and women of the attack, saying that the U.S. will continue to honor these men and others who risk their lives every day to defend the freedom of the nation.

"The proud history of the U.S. military continues today as our service members risk their lives around the world to promote freedom and security and to deter terrorism," Obama said. "We are grateful for their sacrifices and honored by their commitment to defending our nation, our citizens, and our values."

Obama said the U.S. will continue to support Lebanon and its people.

"We also renew our commitment to promoting Lebanon's stability, sovereignty, and independence and to our partnership with the Lebanese Armed Forces," Obama said. "We continue to support the Lebanese people as they seek to form a government that reflects their aspirations and that will strengthen Lebanon's ability to defend its national interests and meet its international obligations."