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.
Forms and Additional Information:
- Do you want a garden club to support a Blue or Gold Star Marker in your community? Contact Chris Seal, TGCI Blue Star/Gold Star Memorials Chairman, [email protected]
- To donate or to install a Blue Star Marker, a Byway Marker or a Gold Star Family Marker: Download the form (below), follow directions, and submit to:
Chris Seal, TGCI Blue Star/Gold Star Memorials Chairman, [email protected]
- Guidelines for Blue Star and Gold Star Memorials
- Blue Star Memorial Order Form
- Gold Star Family Memorial Order Form
- Blue Star Memorials Contribution Form
- Also see additional information on the National Garden Clubs, Inc. website.
Blue Star Memorials In Indiana (as of 12-2022): Download a copy by clicking here.IN_Blue_Star_Locations_12-2022