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NEW BLUE STAR MEMORIAL GARDEN
Written by Joan Bowen
A recent addition to the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., is the Blue Star Memorial Marker & Garden in honor of all veterans.
In 1945, National Garden Clubs Inc., was looking for a suitable means of honoring our returning service men. They decided on a “living memorial” of markers and gardens to be placed along highways in every state to honor veterans returning from WWII, creating a “Blue Star Memorial Highway.” Along with the marker, 5 miles of flowering dogwood trees were to be planted. The project was named for the blue star in the service flag which hung in windows of homes and businesses to tell others that a family member was serving in the Armed Forces.
The blue star signifies hope and pride. Garden clubs enthusiastically embraced the idea and the first Blue Star Marker was placed in Rhode Island. In 1951 the Mission was enlarged to include all men and women who had served or were serving in our armed forces.