The Blue & Gold Star Memorials 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.
The only Blue Star became an icon in World War II and was seen on flags and banners in homes for sons and daughters away at war, and in churches and businesses. This program has been active all through the years to the present, a fitting tribute to our Armed Forces and especially now.
Lakeview Garden Club purchased and dedicated a Blue Star Marker on December 7, 1976. The first home of the Blue Star Marker was in front of Illinois State Police station on route 159 in Maryville. It was relocated in 1993 to Fireman’s Park in Maryville after a restoration by Kurts Auto Body.
Lakeview Garden Club is holding monthly meetings via Zoom and invite you to join us. If interested, contact Club President Mary Muentnich @ [email protected]
National Garden Week is June 7 – 13, 2020, and is sponsored by the National Garden Clubs, Inc. and Lakeview Garden Club, Collinsville, IL.