Veterans, city officials and the Port Angeles Garden Cub members dedicated a Blue Star Memorial Marker at the Veterans Memorial Park in Port Angeles, Wash., on April 4, 2014.
“We remember … remembering today, we dedicate this Blue Star Marker to honor and glorify of all those men and women who have served, are now serving, and will serve in the Armed Forces of this great nation," said Mistress of Ceremony, Bernice Cook, chairwoman Port Angels Garden Club (PAGC) Blue Star Marker Committee. "It is with pride that the National Garden Clubs Incorporated, joined with the Port Angeles Garden Club, the City of Port Angeles, and the military branches are here today to perpetuate our Blue Star Memorial Program with this marker which stands as a symbol for all to see. 'Lest We Forget’ those who help to keep us free.”
Since 1917, the blue star has been used as a symbol of those who have a family member serving in the armed forces, active duty or reserves, during wartime.
The Blue Star Memorial Program honors servicemen and women who have served, are serving or will be serving in the armed services of the United States. In 1945, the National Council of State Garden Clubs (now National Garden Clubs, Inc.) adopted the program started in New Jersey and began a Blue Star Highway system, which covers thousands of miles across the United States.
A large metal Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker was placed at appropriate locations along the way. Memorial Markers and By-Way Markers are placed at locations such as national cemeteries, parks, veterans 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, as well as in churches and businesses, according to the Blue Star Memorial Program website.
This program has been active all through the years to the present, a fitting tribute always and especially now.