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
A new Blue Star Memorial Marker was dedicated on Sunday, May 28th, 2017. The Milford Garden Club, which is celebrating their 90th anniversary, worked for over a year to accomplish this mission with the unwavering support of their town.
The marker is an integral part of a larger community revitalization project, the Founders Walk, which links the downtown and harbor areas of town. Located in front of the Fowler Memorial Building, a meeting place dedicated to veterans and used by many other organizations, the Blue Star Marker has exceptional visibility.
After the presentation of colors, the ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance and the wonderful voice of Christine Smith singing the Star Spangled Banner. Veteran Tom Flowers and Marika Mosley, Milford Garden Club Blue Star Memorial Marker Chair, were the masters of ceremonies. After a brief history of the Blue Star Markers by FGCCT Blue Star Memorial Chair Krista Swanso Fiorini, Andrea Little, National Garden Club Blue Star and Gold Star Families Marker Chair, along with members of the Milford Garden Club formally dedicated the marker. Bunny Elmore, Milford Garden Club President and Mayor Ben Blake also expressed their gratitude on behalf of the garden club and the town. Milford Ancient Fife and Drum Corps and Greg Smith closed with God Bless America and a benediction. Joining in the celebration was Retired Navy Commander Michael Thomas.
It was a lovely tribute to our men and women who protect our freedom!
A new Blue Star Memorial Marker was dedicated on May 7th in Beacon Falls, with The Federation’s BSMM Chair Krista Fiorini overseeing the project, which was spearheaded by U. S. Veteran and Beacon Falls resident Jay Wilson.
First Selectman Chris Bielik and Polly Brooks, Second Vice President of The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. performed the formal dedication, with members of the Laurel Garden Club in attendance together with the State of Connecticut Senator, Representative, Honor Guard, Boy Scout Troop 104, and the Dept. of Defense Military Working Dogs.
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.