MILLEDGEVILLE — When Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery Director Russell Feagin approved the Milledgeville Garden Club Council’s Blue Star Marker request, the beginning of a first-class dedication project was under way and continues to stretch further than anyone could have imagined.
The Blue Star Memorial ceremony held last November recently received a first place award from the Garden Club of Georgia in the category of Blue Star Memorial for Garden Club Councils.
“We were excited to know we won,” said president of the Old Capital Garden Club Ellen Goodrich. “It was nice to see that all the hard work we put into the project was recognized and appreciated.”
The purpose of the awards program is to recognize the achievement of an individual, a club or group of clubs, which further the goals and objectives of the Garden Club of Georgia, the Deep South Region and National Garden Clubs. The award was presented April 17 during the Garden Club of Georgia’s annual convention and awards ceremony.
“We submitted our application in to the committee by December of 2012, but we had no idea we’d get first place,” Goodrich said. According to Goodrich, the submission process, which used to include a 12-page application, is now done electronically and reduced to three pages.
“It’s hard to try to figure out just what information and pictures you want to use in those three pages, when everything you have is important in explaining the significance of the project.”
The Blue Star Memorial Program stems from World War II. Its purpose is to honor service men and women who have served, serving or will be serving in the armed services of the United States.
During World War II citizens honored family service members by hanging flags featuring blue stars outside of homes and business establishments. The main objective of was to honor and recognize the courage and bravery exhibited by the soldiers and the sacrifice they made for their country.