Tuesday, June 6, 2017

May 29, 2017 Blue Star Memorial Marker Dedication

Honoring Those Who have Served Our Country

The Blue Star Memorial Program honors all men and women that serve in the United States Armed Services. This program began with the planting of 8,000 Dogwood trees by the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs in 1944 as a living memorial to veterans of World War II. In 1945, the National Council of State Garden Clubs adopted this program and began a Blue Star Highway system that covers thousands of miles across the Continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. A large metal Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker was placed at appropriate locations along the way.What we see today is a program that has expanded to include all men and women who had served, were serving or would serve in the armed services of the United States.  Memorial Markers and By-Way Markers were added to the Highway Markers to be used at locations such as National cemeteries, parks, veterans' facilities and gardens.Perennial Gardens Clubs of Stillwater completed efforts to have a Blue Star By-Way Marker added to the Stillwater Veterans Memorial.   The dedication took place on May 29, 2017.   

Pictured:  Christi Schmidt reading the dedication, Trillium Chapter members in attendance: Jessie Tastad, Christi Schmidt, Barbara Isaacson & Toni Lehman.  Federated Garden Club of MN attendees: Betty Beck     (immediate past president) and Bonnie Schwitzenberg ( State President).

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