The Blue Star Memorial Marker Program
The Blue Star Memorial Marker Program was adopted in 1945 by National Garden Clubs, Inc. (formerly National Council Of State Garden Clubs, Inc.), to honor the men and women of the Armed Forces of WWII. This program was the first nation-wide beautification program initiated by National Garden Clubs. Highways were dedicated as Blue Star Memorial Highways, with a marker surrounded by gardens along thousands of miles throughout our country.
The Blue Star program was later expanded to pay tribute to "All who have served, are serving and will serve" and memorial signs may be placed at veterans facilities, national cemeteries, parks, and many other civic locations.
There are markers in Danbury at the Exit 5 ramp off of I-84, in Newtown, CT, and in Durham, CT. In addition, another marker is being planned to replace the original one on US 1, which was moved to I-95, and later broken.
Connecticut Blue Star Memorial Markers
On Flag Day, June 14, 2016, a Blue Star Memorial marker was dedicated in Brookfield. From left to right, President Jane Waugh, Blue Star Memorial Chair Krista Fiorini, NGC Blue Star Chair Andrea Little, and Brookfield Garden Club President, Diane Flood.
This Blue Star Memorial was dedicated in Bethel on May 30, 2015. From left are FGCCT
President Jane Waugh, Blue Star Memorial Chair Pat Dray, Blue Star Memorial Co-Chairs from
the Bethel Garden Club, Margaret Capellana and Krista Swanson Fiorini.
Blue Star Memorial Chair Pat Dray attended the dedication of a new memorial in
Middletown on May 15, 2015. At left is Ono McLaughlin, Middletown
Garden Club's Blue Star Memorial Coordinator.
This Blue Star Marker in Durham, CT, given by the Durham Garden Club, was dedicated on November 9, 2006
From left to right: Susan Parr, Historic/Memorial/Public Gardens Chairman, FGCCT; Maria Nahom, 1st VP, FGCCT and National Garden Clubs Blue Star Memorial Chairman; Flo Flynn, Blue Star Marker Chair, Durham Garden Club; Mary Gray, National Projects/Patriotic Trees Chairman, FGCCT; Maria Nilson, President, Durham Garden Club
Mary Gray, National Projects/Patriotic Trees Chairman for FGCCT, dedicates a tree at the site of the Durham Blue Star memorial.
Federated Garden Clubs' Meg Bremer, left, and Lois Gough, right at the September, 2004 dedication of the Blue Star Memorial Highway marker, given by the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, at the Welcome Center of the I-95 Rest Stop in Westbook. As part of its roadside planting program, FCG established a bed of native roses on the same site in 2000 with a grant, in part, from National Garden Clubs and the Shell Oil Co.