Blue Star Memorial Program
National Garden Clubs, Inc.’s Blue Star Memorial
Program honors service men and women. 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 the program and began a Blue Star Highway
System, which 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.
The program was 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, as well as in churches and businesses.
This program has been active all through the years to the present, a fitting tribute always and especially now. South Carolina has been very dedicated, but there is room for growth. A form for the By-Way Marker and one for the Highway and/or Memorial Marker can be found on the GCSC Web Site or you may obtain them by contacting your State Chairman, Betty H. Gourdin (see below). Please DO NOT mail your forms directly to SEWAH, but instead send four (4) copies to your current State Chairman; we have to keep accurate records on the number of markers in our state.
SEWAH has requested the forms be typed if possible or printed legibly. Also, please do not print the check on the back of the order form. The orders go thru many hands before they are shipped and it is best not to have the information on there. Allow eight weeks for delivery after order is received.
Effective May 1, 2012 thru April 2014, the prices are:
Blue Star Highway/Memorial Markers $1350 (Includes post & delivery)
Blue Star By-Way Markers $450
Post Only $325.00
Refurbishing a Marker $800.00 (includes round-trip delivery)
For more information contact, Betty Gourdin, GCSC Blue Star Chairman,
153 Walnut Way, Pineville, SC 29468 (843) 351-4335; firstname.lastname@example.org