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Blue Star Memorials

 

Blue and Gold Star Memorials – Garden Clubs Honoring Those Who Have Served Our Country


The Blue and 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 has been 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 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.

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Blue Star Memorials In Indiana (according to the National Garden Clubs, Inc. – list updated July 2020):

 

Date Established Location Garden Club Responsible for the Site
2/21/1950 Centerville, IN Garden Club of Indiana
2/21/1950 Terre Haute, IN Garden Club of Indiana
4/18/1985 Nashville, IN Garden Club of Indiana
4/18/1985 New Castle, IN Garden Club of Indiana
12/9/1987 Hobart, IN Hobart Garden Club
4/29/1991 South Bend, IN Garden Club of Michiana
6/20/1991 Pendelton, IN Garden Club of Indiana
4/3/1992 Indianapolis, IN Garden Club of Indiana
5/31/1996 Interstate 70 W, Near Plainfield Exit, Plainfield, IN Hendricks County Garden Club
2/13/1997 Hardinsburg, IN Arts & Flowers Garden Club
3/9/1998 Interstate 70 E, Near Plainfield Exit, Plainfield, IN Garden Club of Indiana
8/24/1998 Dyer, IN Garden Club of Indiana
1/18/1999 Paoli, IN Dirt Diggers Garden Club
1/28/1999 Columbus, IN Flower Lane Garden Club
3/4/1999 Hardinsburg, IN Garden Club of Indiana
1/8/2001 Peru, IN Garden Club of Indiana
2/10/2005 Marion, IN Garden Club of Marion
12/22/2008 Valparaiso, IN Vale of Paradise Garden Club
7/13/2009 Gilbert Park, Portage, IN Portage Garden Club
1/10/2012 VFW Post 1114, Evansville, IN Garden Club of Indiana
4/30/2012 S. Dan Jones Rd., Avon, IN Garden Club of Indiana
6/22/2013 Gibson County Fairgrounds, Princeton, IN Green Thumb Garden Club
8/1/2013 Lincoln State Park, Lincoln City, IN Christmas Lake Village Garden Club
9/14/2013  Black River Rest Area on I-64 near Griff, Princeton, IN Green Thumb Garden Club of Princeton
9/14/2013 Gibson County Fairgrounds, Princeton, IN Green Thumb Garden Club of Princeton
6/1/2014 Veterans Memorial Park, 303 W. Henry St., Syracuse, IN Syracuse-Wawasee Garden Club
11/1/2014 Eastside Park, Eastside Park Dr., Washington, IN Washington Arts & Flowers Garden Club
11/9/2014 Decatur County Courthouse Square; Hwy 46-Greensburg, IN Give un Take & Greensburg Nightbloomer Garden Clubs
7/1/2015 Hobart Historical Society, 706 E. 4th St., Hobart, IN Hobart Garden Club
3/2/2016 200W. Main St., Winamac, IN Iris‐Elm Garden Club
4/11/2016 Civic Center, 200 Block Main St.,Sullivan, IN Sullivan County Garden Club
4/19/2016 Matter Park Circle, Marion, IN The Garden Club of Marion
4/20/2016 9301 Madison, Crown Point, IN North West District, The Garden Club of Indiana
6/16/2016 Corner of Manor Ave. & Ridge Rd.,Munster, IN Munster Garden Club
6/16/2016 Roudebush VA Medical Center, 1481 W 10th St.,Indianapolis,IN The Garden Club of Indiana
4/12/2017 Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Elkhart, IN The Four Winds Garden Club
7/23/2017 Crown Point Courthouse Square– Corner of Court & Joliet St, Crown Point, IN Crown Point Garden Club
7/23/2017 Gateway Drive, HWY 50 East, along sidewalk (east), Washington, IN Washington Arts & Flowers Garden Club
5/5/2019 Clay Township Government Center, 10701 Twp. Gov. Center, Indianapolis, IN Broad Ripple Garden Club

*Note – There are an additional 16 Blue Star Memorial Markers in Indiana posted between 1950 and 2005.  Their locations are unknown.  If you know of a marker not listed above, please contact the TGCI Blue Star Chairman at the contact above.