The explosion of the Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, on Oct. 23, 1983, created a large cloud of smoke that was visible from miles away. Marine Corps photo


JACKSONVILLE, Florida — A memorial for the U.S. Marines killed in the 1983 bombing of a barracks in Beirut is being planned for Jacksonville.

The Florida Times-Union reports that the Semper Fidelis Society wants to install the memorial at the city’s Evergreen Cemetery.

Organizers say the purpose is to honor all 241 Marines who died that day, especially the 22 from Florida.

The bombing in Lebanon was the largest loss of life for Marines in a single action since the Vietnam War and the worst overall for the service since World War II’s battle for Iwo Jima.

The planned monument will be a granite block with the large bronze eagle, globe and anchor Marine Corps emblem over a plaque memorializing the Beirut dead. Organizers plan to have it installed by Oct. 23.


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Jacksonville, Florida, Plans Memorial for 1983 Beirut Bombing