Blue Star Memorials
*NEWS* Does your garden club have a Blue Star Memorial Marker nearby? If so, then you’ll be able to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the Blue Star Memorial Highway System, covering thousands of miles across the U.S. Please notify chairman Jayne Kesler of your marker’s location so we can complete a map of Indiana’s markers! Contact information below. As you’ve driven the highways of Indiana, perhaps you’ve seen a Blue Star Memorial marker from time to time. These markers are erected by local garden clubs in recognition of the men and women who have served our country. In 2013, TCGI raised $947.89 and dedicated three new memorials, all in the South West District. To make a contribution: Download the form, follow directions, and submit to State Blue Star Memorials Chair: BLUE STAR MEMORIALS CONTRIBUTION FORM. Indiana Blue Star Memorials
- Lincoln State Park, dedicated by Christmas Lake Village Garden Club, 2013 (Santa Claus, South West District)
- Black Creek Rest Area on I-64, dedicated by New Harmony Garden Club, 2013 (Southwest District)
- Gibson County Fairgrounds, dedicated by Green Thumb Garden Club, 2013 (Princeton, Southwest District)
- Syracuse Veterans Park, dedicated by Syracuse-Wawasee Garden Club, 2014 (Syracuse, North Central District)
- Washington City Park, dedicated by Arts and Flowers Garden Club, 2014 (Washington, Southwest District)
- Decatur County Courthouse Square, dedicated by Give un Take Garden Club and Night Bloomers Garden Club, 2014 (Greensburg, South East District)
- Hobart Historical Society, dedicated by Hobart Garden Club, 2015 (Hobart, Northwest District)
Clubs wishing to erect a Blue Star Memorial in their communities should contact the state Blue Star Memorial chair (contact information below). Project History As National Garden Clubs, Inc. explains:
The Blue Star Memorial Program honors service men and women. 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 the program and began a Blue Star Highway system, which 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. The program was 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 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, as well as in churches and businesses. This program has been active all through the years to the present, a fitting tribute always and especially now.
- Jayne Kesler, TCGI Blue Star Memorials Chairman, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Also see additional information on National Garden Clubs, Inc. website.