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Highway dedicated to fallen soldier

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HINTON, WV (WVVA) -On October 23, 1983 more than 200 American soldiers lost their lives in a bombing in Beirut, Lebanon.

"A terrorist drove a truck laden with 20,000 pounds of propane gas which killed 220 marines, 18 sailors, and 3 army soldiers." Retired Marine Sergeant Malcom Howell remembers vividly the day that a suicide bomber drove right into a building with his best friend inside.

Sergeant Mecot Camara was one of the 241 killed. Thirty years later, a highway in his home town is being dedicated to the fallen hero.

"He grew up right here along this river, fishing, rafting and canoeing," his sister, Elise Camara, tells the crowd on Saturday morning.

Now you can see the sergeant's tribute at the intersection of Rt. 3 and Rt. 20 in Hinton, WV.

Dozens of people gathered and Elisa could not be more grateful. "A lot of people from the Patriot Guard that have ridden their motorcycles in to escort and ride through the highway for the first time. As well as all the community of Hinton, people he's grown up with, people that he knew that knew our family. It's been a real blessing for our family to be surrounded by so much love for our brother."

"The greatest of love, even greater than that of a mother, is the tender, passionate, infinite love from one marine to another," Sgt. Howell reads a toast that he feels describes the bond between him and his fallen best friend. "He would be honored. He would also be humbled. And I know somewhere he's watching down."

If you'd like to learn more about Sgt. Camara, there is a display set up at the Veteran's Museum in Hinton.

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