Blue Star Markers

Blue Star Memorial Marker Matching grants
are awarded to eligible clubs and councils
to assist in the installation and beautification
of Blue Star Memorial Highway and Byway markers

Click above for the Matching Grant Application.

National Garden Clubs, Inc.’s Blue Star Memorial Program honors service men and women.

This progdefault_clip_image002ram 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.

View Blue Star Memorial Markers In South Carolina

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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 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, 2016 thru May 1,2018, the prices are:

  • Blue Star Highway/Memorial Markers $1470.00 ( includes post & delivery)
  • Blue Star By-Way Markers – No Post-$490.00(includes delivery)
  • Replacement Post Only $325.00
  • Refurbishing a Marker $800.00-No Post (includes round-trip delivery)
  • Highway or Memorial Marker Refurbishment with Cap Repair
    No Post(Round Trip Freight Included)  $900.00
  • The above prices are the same for Gold Star Families Marker.
    This is only a Memorial or Byway Marker.. Click Here for further information

For more information contact:  Betty Gourdin , GCSC Blue Star Memorial Chairman,

Download   Form for Highway Marker

Download Form for Byway Marker