Shirley Schmidt, Former President Gaye Stewart and OSFGC Blue Star Marker Chairman Nancy Ebsen at the Blue Star Marker dedication on September 24, 2017. Riverside Park, Grants Pass, OR. Photo by Karen Ramsey.
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, veteran’s facilities and gardens.
For details, resources and order forms, click here. http://gardenclub.org/projects/blue-star-memorials.aspx