13.04.2017 - 13.04.2017
The Lejeune Memorial Gardens in Jacksonville is home to the Beirut Memorial, Onslow Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, a 9/11 Memorial and the Montford Point Marine Memorial.
The Memorial Gardens are situated near the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune which is a 640 square-km United States military training facility.
The Beirut Memorial is a memorial to the 241 American peacekeepers—220 Marines, 18 sailors, and three soldiers—killed in the October 23, 1983 Beirut barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon. The names of each man are engraved in granite along with the words “They Came In Peace.”
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated to all men and women who served during the Vietnam War.
From the memorial wall, you take a French style bridge to walk over to the Freedom Fountain. Surrounding the fountain, are glass panels etched with names lists all the names of the fallen.
9/11 Memorial Beam
On the same grounds, there is also a small memorial to firefighters and army who lost their lives in 9/11 and another memorial to local soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam war.
Montford Point Marine Memorial
This memorial honours those who "fought for the right to fight".
In Montford Point, NC was segregated training ground from 1942 to 1949 for the nation’s first African-American Marines. The memorial commemorate their historic achievements in the face of racial segregation.