Local Garden Club Projects

October 12th, 2013

Blue Star Memorials

Blue Star Memorial Markers have been installed by clubs across the state to honor our Service Members. During World War I, displaying a Blue Star Banner in the window of a home announced that a family member was serving in the Armed Services. Also known as the Service Flag, the blue signified hope and pride. When service members lost their lives, the blue star was replaced with a gold star representing the sacrifice. The Blue Star program began in 1944 with the planting of 8,000 Dogwood trees by the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs 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. In 1947, Mrs. Frederick R. Kellogg (NGC President 1930-1933) designed a marker which would identify the highways throughout the country. While it was originally begun to honor WWII veterans, the mission was expanded in 1951 to include all men and women who have served, were serving or would serve in the Armed Services of the United States.

Click here to read an “America’s Navy” (Navy News Service) article about Tiverton Garden Club’s Blue Star Memorial Ceremony.  The By-Way Marker is located near the Doughboy Monument at Grinnell’s Beach in Tiverton, RI.

Click here to read a East Bay Newspaper article about Portsmouth Garden Club’s Blue Star Memorial Ceremony. This Marker is located at the Portsmouth Free Public Library at 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI.