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

The Blue Star 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 August 2022):

Date Established Location Garden Club Responsible for the Site
2/21/1950 Centerville, IN Petal and Stem Garden Club
2/21/1950 Clear Creek Rest Area I-70 East, Terre Haute, IN The Garden Club of Indiana, Inc.
12/18/1982 I-64 East and West Rest Stops Between Dale and Santa Claus, IN The Garden Club of Indiana,Inc. Southwest District
4/18/1985 New Castle, IN New Castle Garden Club
4/18/1985 Courthouse Lawn, Nashville, IN Brown County Garden Club
12/9/1987 Hobart, IN Hobart Garden Club
4/29/1991 South Bend, IN South Bend Garden Club
6/20/1991 Pendelton, IN The Garden Club of Indiana, Inc.
4/3/1992 Crown Hill Cemetery, Meridian St. and North, Indianapolis, IN The Central District Garden Clubs
5/31/1996 Interstate 70 W, Near Plainfield Exit, Plainfield, IN Hendricks County Garden Club
2/13/1997 Hardinsburg, IN Marengo Garden Club
3/9/1998 Interstate 70 E, Near Plainfield Exit, Plainfield, IN The Garden Club of Indiana, Inc.
8/24/1998 Dyer, IN Dyer Garden Club
1/18/1999 Orange County Square, Paoli, IN Dirt Diggers Garden Club
1/28/1999 Columbus, IN Flower Lane Garden Club
3/4/1999 Hardinsburg, IN The Garden Club of Indiana, Inc.
1/8/2001 US 31, Peru, IN Peru Garden Club
6/12/2002 Pioneer Park, Mooresville, IN Come into the Garden
5/19/2003 Falls of the Ohio State Park, Jeffersonville, IN Terrace Garden Club
2/10/2005 Marion National Cemetery, Marion, IN Garden Club of Marion
12/22/2008 Valpariso, IN Vale of Paradise Garden Club
7/13/2009 Gilbert Park, Portage, IN Portage Garden Club
1/10/2012 VFW Post 1114, Evansville, IN Westwood Garden Club
4/30/2012 Bradford Road and S. Dan Jones Rd., Avon, IN The Garden Club of Indiana, Inc. and the Town of Avon
8/1/2013 Lincoln State Park, Lincoln City, IN Christmas Lake Village Garden Club
9/14/2013 Black River Rest Area on I-64 at Indiana Welcome Center, Princeton, IN Garden Club of New Harmony
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 200 W. 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 1 Matter Park Circle, Marion, IN The Garden Club of Marion
4/20/2016 9301 Madison, Crown Point, IN North West District, The The Garden Club of Indiana, Inc.
6/16/2016 Corner of Manor Ave. & Ridge Rd.,Munster, IN Munster Garden Club/Northwest District
6/16/2016 Roudebush VA Medical Center, 1481 W 10thSt.,Indianapolis,IN The Garden Club of Indiana, Inc.
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 SW of Lake Garden Club
7/23/2017 Ltg. Tony Jones Dr., Washington, IN Washington Arts & Flowers Garden Club
8/7/2019 John W. Hensel Government Center, N. College Ave., Carmel, IN Broad Ripple Garden Club
11/7/2020 Courthouse Square, Boonville, IN Boonville Garden Club
11/8/2021 The Gazebo – Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square, Carmel, IN Broad Ripple Garden Club
5/30/2022 Veteran Memorial Park, 100 Johnson St., Richmond, IN Petal and Stem Garden Club
9/28/2022 Wolf Lake Memorial Park, 2324 Calumet Ave., Hammond, IN The Garden Club of Indiana,Inc. North West District

*Note – There are an additional 13 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.

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