The City of Jacksonville and partners continued the pledge to remember the events of October 23, 1983 with a virtual event this year. The annual Beirut Memorial Observance normally has a large attendance of Gold Star Families, Beirut Veterans and local residents.
The Beirut Memorial Observance honors the fallen service members and survivors who served in Lebanon from 1958 to 1984 and in Grenada.
The October 23rd Observance is organized by the Beirut Memorial Advisory Board in cooperation with the City, Marine Corps Installations East, and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
The public and the Gold Star families can view the 2020 Observance on the Jacksonville-Onslow Government television channel (G10TV) on local Spectrum cable, at www.G10TV.org, at DIVIDS Hub and at Facebook.com/JacksonvilleNC.gov.
This was the first time in the history of the Observance that it was closed to the public, and organizers hope to be able to resume a normal observance on the 38th anniversary in 2021.
Citizens and businesses are asked to display yellow ribbons during the month of October in remembrance of those lives lost and in honor of their surviving family and friends.