This Veterans Day, Flowertown Garden Club, working with the town of Summerville Parks and Recreation Director Mike Hinson and his crew, will plant a Patriotic garden around the Blue Star Memorial Marker in the Triangle at the intersection of Old Trolley and Bacons Bridge Roads.
The club dedicated a Blue Star Memorial Marker in the triangle on Veterans Day, 2007. The triangle planting is a project adopted by the club in honor of their 50th Anniversary.
Red, white and blue annuals and perennials will be used in this planting of a 6í8î circular raised garden. The clubís Civic Beautification and Landscape Design Committees will be working with the town in this seasonal garden always using the patriotic colors. Knock-out roses and plumbago are being considered for a planting.
The Blue Star Memorial Highways are a tribute to the armed forces that have defended the United States of America. The Blue Star, taken from the blue star in the service flag, was chosen to symbolize the memorial because it was used during World War II on flags and homes of families that had a son or daughter in the service. In 1951 the original concept was expanded to honor all men and women who had served, were serving, or would serve in the armed services of the United States.
The National Garden Clubs, Inc., is the parent organization for Blue Star Memorial Highways. At the close of World War II, the National Council, like other public-spirited groups, was seeking a suitable means of honoring servicemen and women The idea dates to 1944 when the New Jersey State Council of Garden Clubs beautified a 5-and-a-half-mile stretch of U.S. 22 from Mountainside to North Plainfield. Approximately 8,000 dogwood trees were planted as a living memorial to the men and women in the Armed Forces from New Jersey.
This was just the kind of project the National Council of State Garden Clubs had been looking for. Using the New Jersey project as its model, the National Council made a study of the inter-regional highways of the United States. A Blue Star Highway system was outlined, consisting of one east-west and seven north-south highways. Today we have many more. Highway Commissioners were informed of the plan, as were the Garden Clubs in each state, and all were invited to participate. Every State President was asked to secure collaboration of the State Highway Department before undertaking a Blue Star project, as this was considered requisite to the success of the plan.
A uniform marker was adopted. The design of which was a gift from Mrs. Frederic Kellogg, founder of National Council.
You may read more about this program at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/blue01.htm, part of which was quoted here.