Honor the Fallen on Memorial Day in Onslow County
Onslow County is proud to salute our military, both past and present, and the mark the United States Marine Corps has made on our community. Unique tributes, museums, and tours provide an inside look into the area’s military roots and active presence.
- Beirut Memorial: Situated between Camp Lejeune and the City of Jacksonville at the Camp Johnson Gate on Hwy 24 lies the Beirut Memorial. This memorial pays tribute to the 273 American Peacekeepers killed in the October 23, 1983 Beirut barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon.
- National Montford Point Marine Museum: Established to preserve the legacy of the Montford Point Marines, this museum was designed to collect, record, preserve, and display the largest collection of photos, documents, papers, and artifacts of the Montford Point Marines. Here, the unique history of African American Marines from 1942 to 1949 is tastefully captured and located on the grounds of Montford Point Camp in the east wing of building M101, Marine Corps Base Camp in Jacksonville. The museum is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-2pm and 4-7pm and then on Saturdays from 11-4pm. Also, be sure to stop by Lejeune Memorial Gardens and visit the new Montford Point Marine Memorial.
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Burrowed in the Lejeune Memorial Gardens is the Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial with the names of 58,000+ soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country while overseas in Vietnam. This memorial is one of the largest Vietnam memorials in the nation and is dedicated to all the men and women who served in the United States Military during the Vietnam era. Located near the Beirut Memorial and the 9/11 Iron on Montford Point Road in Jacksonville, it is just one of the many military sites dedicated to the brave individuals who have served and continue to serve our great nation.
Immerse yourself in our area’s rich military tradition and pay tribute to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice this Memorial Day weekend. Learn more about our area’s military memorials and start planning your vacation at www.onlyinonslow.com.