The Green Thumb Garden Club invites the community to join them in a ceremony to honor our armed forces that have defended the United States of America. On Friday, May 18, at 11 a.m., a Blue Star Memorial Marker will be dedicated at Greatest Generation Memorial Park.
The Blue Memorial Marker program originated with a garden club in New Jersey in 1944 and soon after the National Garden Club adopted the program.
This nationwide living memorial projected a ribbon of dedicated highways across the country in every state with markers at appropriate locations such as state lines, entrances to towns, intersections and rest areas. A blue star should be the centerpiece of the memorial sign. This was chosen because it symbolized the blue star on the World War II service Flag, which hung in so many homes of service men and women as a tribute.
While it originally began to honor World War II veterans, it enlarged its mission. In 1951 it expanded to include all men and women, who had served, were serving or would serve in the armed forces of the United States.
Through the years three different types of Blue Star Memorial Markers have been adopted. They are The Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker which can be placed along dedicated highways. The second is the Blue Star Memorial Marker which can be placed on other than dedicated Highways, such as National cemeteries or Veterans Medical Centers. The third is the Blue Star Memorial By-Way Marker which is a plaque intended for garden settings, such as parks and civic and historical grounds.