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Yellow ribbons honoring Marines, personnel killed in 1983 bombing

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The City of Jacksonville is encouraging residents and business owners to put out yellow ribbons to welcome survivors and family members who will be attending the ceremony. (Merrilee Moore, NewsChannel 12)

Students are rising to the call to honor those killed in the 1983 Beirut Marine barracks bombing.

If you drive by the Beirut Memorial Grove off of Hwy. 17 in Jacksonville, you will see yellow ribbons on the trees. All of the trees in the grove represent the hundreds of lives lost on that infamous day in 1983.

On that day, a truck carrying 2,000 pounds of explosives drove into the Marine compound in Beirut, Lebanon. A suicide bomber crashed into the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regimental Battalion Landing Team barracks.

241 U.S. service personnel -- including 220 Marines and 21 other service personnel -- died when the truck came crashing into the four-story building.Oct. 23, 2018 marks 35 years since the attack.

An observance ceremony is scheduled for that day at the Beirut Memorial Grove. The service starts at 10:30 a.m. The City of Jacksonville is encouraging residents and business owners to put out yellow ribbons to welcome survivors and family members who will be attending the ceremony.

Students from Northwoods Park Middle Schoool are going the extra mile to commemorate the fallen. The students placed the yellow ribbons on the trees on Friday and are from the school that helped plant the memorial trees.

Watch the video to learn more about their efforts.

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