The Point Salines International Airport in Grenada will be renamed in honor of Maurice Bishop, the slain left wing prime minister who came to power in 1979 and was executed in October 1983, setting the stage for the U.S. invasion of the island days later.

Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, will preside over the renaming ceremony, set for May 30.

A new departure lounge will be unveiled at the same time.

Grenada's current three-letter airport code, GND, will remain unchanged.

The airport was the scene of a raging gun battle in 1983 between the invading U.S. Marines and hundreds of Cuban construction workers who were building a 10,000-foot-long airstrip, which the U.S. feared would serve as a landing strip for military transport planes loaded with arms from Cuba.

President Ronald Reagan ordered the invasion of Grenada on Oct. 25, 1983 to deal with the Cuban risk and to rescue 800 American medical students on the island.

The military action was over by December as U.S. troops, as well as soldiers from Jamaica and other Caribbean nations, defeated Grenadian resistance and deposed the military government.


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