FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
City of Collinsville
Department of Economic Development
125 S. Center Street, Collinsville, Illinois 62234
Garden Club Donates Marker to Honor Nation’s Armed Forces
What: Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker Dedication Ceremony
When: Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 11:00 am
Where: Greenspace next to Home Furniture on SR 159 between Main and Clay Streets
Info: 618-346-5200 x 1140
(Collinsville): A Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker to honor service men and women will be unveiled during a dedication ceremony at 11:00 am on November 9 in the greenspace next to Home Furniture on SR 159 between Main and Clay Streets. The Collinsville Garden Club raised funds for the purchase and donation of the marker to the City of Collinsville in celebration of the Club’s 50th anniversary.
The Blue Star Memorial 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. 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. 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.
Later, 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. This program has been active all through the years to the present; a fitting tribute always and especially now.
“The Collinsville Garden Club is very enthusiastic about this project and we are pleased to be able to honor the Armed Forces in this very special way," said Alice Koritta, Collinsville Garden Club Blue Star Marker Chairman.
The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony, which will be led by Collinsville Garden Club Past President Lavadna Hines. The event will include music, Presentation of Colors by the American Legion Post 365 and VFW Post 5691, a military tribute, dedication of the marker, and acceptance of the marker by Mayor John Miller. The ceremony will also include representatives of local veterans groups and members of our Armed Forces. A reception will be held immediately following the dedication in the Collinsville Memorial Public Library Community Room at 406 West Main Street.
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