BLUE STAR MEMORIAL MARKER
The Garden Club of Downers Grove
is pleased to present to
Alexander Bradley Burns
American Legion Post 80
a Blue Star Memorial Marker
in a dedication ceremony on
Sunday, November 11, 2018
at American Legion Post 80
4000 Saratoga Avenue
Downers Grove, Illinois
Please join us in this fitting tribute
to the men and women of the Armed Forces
who have served, are serving, and will continue to serve
the United States of America.
All are welcome.
A reception will follow.
History of the Blue Star Marker
The Blue Star Memorial 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 was 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.
Source: National Garden Clubs, Inc. Website