Blue Star Memorial Marker
Committee members Joli Root and Ester Hillary
With the help of the Veterans Home and donors, we have completed the installation of
A Blue Star Memorial Marker at the new
Oregon Veterans Home in Lebanon Oregon, Dedication to be July 20th 2017
With the help of the Veterans Home and donors, we have completed the installation of A Blue Star Memorial Marker at the new Oregon Veterans Home in Lebanon Oregon, Dedication to be July 20th 2017
The Blue Star Memorial 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 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.