So moved by the loss of life thirty-eight years ago today, that immediately, this community sought ways to remember and mark that tear in the fabric of our community. The day after the terrorist attack occurred in Beirut, classes led by Martha Warren at Northwoods Park Junior High School began funding to plant a tree for each of those who died.
Over the last few years, the City renewed the connection to Northwoods Park Middle School. Members of the Beta Club took up the task of making 300 yellow ribbons to welcome the families and survivors of the Beirut bombing.
This year, in late September, they also made the ribbons after a presentation by the master ceremonies for the annual Beirut Memorial Observance, Ron Bower. He told the history of the Beirut Bombing and their school’s involvement.
Tomorrow, these same students will deploy the ribbons to the 273 trees at the new Beirut Memorial Grove across from Camp Geiger.
Other ribbons will be hung at the Freedom Fountain and City Hall by the City's Environment and Appearance Advisory Committee as well as at the Beirut Memorial site by others.
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