Beirut Memorial & Grove
The Beirut Memorial was a gift from the citizens of Onslow County to honor those that lived among us and gave so much. It stands as a solemn tribute to 273 Marines who gave the last full measure of devotion in Lebanon and Grenada on October 23, 1983. The names of each man are engraved in granite along with the words “They Came In Peace.”
Set in a wooded site with beautiful landscaping, the memorial is a fitting tribute to our military men and women who answer the call every day without regard to personal safety. Each year, an Observance ceremony takes place on October 23 at the Beirut Memorial to remember those who gave the greatest sacrifice for their country.
2020 Virtual Observance
The City of Jacksonville and partners will continue the pledge to remember the events of October 23, 1983 with a virtual event, due to ongoing COVID-19 safety concerns. The memorial site will be closed during the virtual observance for the safety of those producing the event. The public and the Gold Star families will be able to view the virtual event. The livestream will be available on the Jacksonville-Onslow Government television channel on local Spectrum cable, at www.G10TV.org, at DIVIDS Hub and at Facebook.com/JacksonvilleNC.gov.
This will be the first time in the history of the Observance that it will be closed and organizers hope to be able to resume a normal observance on the 38th anniversary in 2021.
Display Yellow Ribbons for Beirut Victims & Families
|Community members are asked to display yellow ribbons to welcome families and survivors on the occasion of the anniversary of the Beirut bombing.The Onslow Civic Affairs Committee is working with students to make yellow ribbons that will be displayed on each of the 273 trees at the Beirut Memorial Grove, located on US17 South across from Camp Geiger.|
Northwoods Park Middle School students were instrumental in responding to the call to plant a tree for each of the men who died in the Beirut bombing October 23, 1983. The City’s Beautification and Appearance Advisory Commission had initiated the tree planting effort the same day of the blast. The next day, students in Martha Warren’s classes vowed to help raise funds for the effort. The action won national attention for the effort, particularly when a student auctioned off her Cabbage Patch doll to raise funds.
In recent years, students from Northwoods Park Middle School have renewed their association with the Beirut Memorial Grove project by making ribbons to display on each tree. The ribbon making project allows students to hear more about the legacy of those before them and the history of how our community responded to the Beirut bombing in 1983.
Lejeune Memorial Gardens is located at Lejeune Blvd & Montford Landing Road, Jacksonville, NC. Free parking is available on Montford Point Road at the entrance to Lejeune Memorial Gardens. Informational Placards are located at the site.
Beirut Memorial Grove
The City of Jacksonville planted a living tribute to those killed in the October 1983 Beirut bombing. A grove of 273 fall flowering Chinese Pistache trees is located at the intersection of US 17, NC 24 and Wilmington Highway across from Camp Geiger. The 273 trees represent those who lost their lives during the blast and related incidents.
Jacksonville officials selected this new site for the creation of the Beirut Memorial Grove to replace the previous Bradford pear trees which were planted to honor the troops killed in Beirut along Freedom Way. Some of the Bradford pear trees along this roadway have been removed, damaged, or have died over time. Changing North Carolina Department of Transportation regulations have made it difficult for the City to safely replace trees.
The City hopes that the new site and flowering Chinese Pistache, which is hardier than the Bradford Pear, will ensure that this community will have continued remembrance of those who gave their lives in the 1983 Beirut bombing.