05 Jul Jacksonville NC values patriotism
The community of Jacksonville NC proudly displays its appreciation for the hard-won freedoms available in the United States. If you’re in Jacksonville, take a leisurely stroll through Lejeune Memorial Gardens and remember those who have paid the ultimate price to keep our country safe, preserving our liberty.
Lejeune Memorial Gardens features several memorial structures commemorating significant events in the U.S. military’s history.
Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial
This flag-draped memorial honors the approximate 10 million men and women who actively served in all five branches of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam Era. The structure is the second largest Vietnam memorial after the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. Three million of those service members actually served in Vietnam.
The Beirut Memorial honors 273 Marines who were killed when a truck bomb destroyed their barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983. This attack has become recognized as the first indication that the U.S. was entering into a “War on Terror”. It was deeply felt in Jacksonville because it is home to several Marine installations. The privately funded granite wall lists the name of each Marine lost in the attack. It is emblazoned with the words “They Came in Peace.”
911 Memorial Beam from the World Trade Center
The 911 memorial features a beam from the fallen Twin Towers of the World Trade Center that was presented to the first troops to invade Iraq. Police and firefighters from New York presented this special beam to honor the continued “War on Terror”. Jacksonville regularly honors those who lost their lives in the 911 attacks during its Patriot Day celebrations.
Montford Point Marine Memorial
This memorial pays tribute to black Marines who had to “fight for the right to fight”. They were involved in this struggle during a time of general segregation policies from 1942 to 1949. These plucky Marines served on a segregated base now known as Camp Johnson. Although no official records are available, the wall displays more than 20,000 stars recognizing black Marines who are distinguished in combat.
These memorials are located at the intersection of Lejeune Boulevard and Montford Landing Road.
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