JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY -

The N.C. Department of Transportation is joining with the City of Jacksonville and the Beirut Memorial Advisory Board to establish a Beirut Memorial Grove to honor the victims of the 1983 bombing that killed 273 service members.

A statement from the department said the new grove will include 273 autumn flowering cherry trees to commemorate each life lost. The cherry trees will carry on the legacy of the Beirut Memorial Bradford Pear Trees planted along Lejeune Boulevard in the 1980s.

The site selected for the memorial grove is a triangular, 12-acre elevated plot within the U.S. 17/N.C. 24/U.S. 258 interchange near Camp Geiger that serves as an entrance onto the Jacksonville Bypass.

In addition to the trees, the grove will also have double knockout roses and daylilies around the perimeter.