The Fenton Garden Club will be having a Blue Star Dedication ceremony at George Winter County Park at 10 a.m. Oct. 13. The ceremony is planned as a "thank you" to the men and women who have and currently are defending our country. The Blue Star Marker will be landscaped with living plants surrounding it and will be located at the entrance to the park.
The history of the Blue Star Memorial Marker program dates to 1944 with a garden club in New Jersey. Soon after, the National Garden Club adopted the program. Garden Club members immediately responded to this program. The first National Garden Club Blue Star Memorial marker was dedicated on May 30, 1949 in Key West, Florida. While it originally was intended to honor World War II veterans, the mission was enlarged in 1951 and expanded to include all men and women, who had served, were serving, or would serve in the armed forces of the United States.
Blue Star markers have been placed throughout the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska.
The Fenton Garden Club hopes the Blue Star Memorial Marker will help others be reminded of our country’s military heroes.
The dedication is open to the public and it is hoped that veterans, government officials, school officials, parents, students and members from both local and district garden clubs will attend.
A brief ceremony with the “Pledge of Allegiance”, invocation, and brief comments by Fenton Garden Club President Barbara Miller, local officials, and others is planned near the Blue Star Memorial Marker at the entrance to George Winter Park. Refreshments will be served in the Concord Lion Shelter.
For further information, please contact the Fenton Garden Club at 636-349-1531 or 636-343-1815.