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

11:00 a.m.

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



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P.O. Box 833, Downers Grove, IL 60515-0833

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