In an attempt to honor service men and women with a living memorial, the Garden Club of New Jersey planted 1,000 dogwood trees on a five-mile stretch of highway, which was designated as Blue Star Drive. 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 Continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii.
“Georgia garden clubs have been especially active in recent years in an effort to raise funds to erect Blue Star Markers throughout our state to honor our military personnel,” said Garden Club of Georgia Blue Star Memorial Marker Chairman Janice Thiese.
According to Thiese, nationwide locations total 2,500 and Georgia features 142, placing the state third behind California and Florida.
On Nov. 2, 2012, the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery was presented with the most recent Blue Star Memorial Marker by the Milledgeville Garden Club Council.
The local council made the $1,350 purchase funded through joint programs.
Carrington Woods, Milledgeville, Town and Country and Old Capital garden clubs all supported the Blue Star idea.
The marker near the cemetery joins one other Baldwin County Blue Star highway marker near Exchange Bank on Highway 441.
“We felt that it was important to have a visible reminder of the sacrifice our veterans and active military service men and women make for us,” Goodrich said.
Goodrich has decided to give the first place certificate to Nancy Hartley, president of the Milledgeville Garden Club Council at the time of the dedication.
“She put a lot of time and effort into the program and I think it’s only right that the certificate be in her possession,” Goodrich said.
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