Blue Star Memorial Highway

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Blue Star Memorial Highway marker on Interstate 81 northbound near New Market, Virginia

Blue Star Memorial Highways are highways in the United States that are marked to pay tribute to the U.S. armed forces. The National Council of State Garden Clubs, now known as National Garden Clubs, Inc., started the program in 1945 after World War II. The blue star was used on service flags to denote a servicemember fighting in the war. The program has since been expanded to include Memorial Markers[1] and Memorial By-ways (since 1994).[2] These markers are used in National Cemeteries, parks, veterans facilities, and gardens.

List of Blue Star Memorials[edit]

Alaska[edit]

Marker in Anchor Point, Alaska

California[edit]

Colorado[edit]

Delaware[edit]

Florida[edit]

Georgia[edit]

Illinois[edit]

Illinois Route 43, S.Harlem Avenue at the intersection of Will County Highway 74, W. Laraway Road, Frankfort, Illinois in 1980. [9]

Iowa[edit]

Kentucky[edit]

  • Barkley Regional Airport, 2901 Fisher Rd, West Paducah, KY - Open Gate Garden Club, Paducah, KY[11]

Louisiana[edit]

Date Location[12] Sponsor
Feb. 25 1955 Fort Pike State Park Off Hwy 90, New Orleans New Orleans Federated Council of Garden Clubs
Nov. 14 1972 Chef Menteur Hwy. (Hwy. 90) at Michoud Blvd., New Orleans Les Belles Fleures Garden Club
Dec. 2 1972 Gen. DeGaulle Dr. In median at Mardi Gras Blvd.(West Bank) Algiers, Aurora, and Buena Vista Garden Clubs
Nov. 14 1972 Gentilly Blvd. (Hwy. 90) In median at Gentilly Woods Shopping Center, New Orleans Pontchartrain Garden Club
March 2, 1996 St. Bernard Hwy, (LA 46) Dela Ronde Home Ruins, Chalmette
(lost in Katrina - August 2005)
Green Thumb Garden Club
March 2, 1996 St. Bernard Hwy. (LA 46) Arabi Green Thumb Garden Club
Nov 1997 Judge Perez Dr. at Culture Center, Chalmette (lost in Katrina - August 2005) Green Thumb Garden Club
April 26, 2002 City Park Botanical Gardens by the Flag Pole Federated Council of New Orleans Garden Clubs
Oct. 19 2008 Hwy 23/Belle Chase Hwy Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS/JRB) District I & II
June 6, 2010 The National WWII Museum, 1001 Magazine St., New Orleans "Freedom Isn't Free" Project, LGCF, Inc.
Nov. 11 2010 Hwy 23/Bell Creative Planters Garden Club
April 11, 1961 International Airport, New Orleans. Original Lost; Replaced on August 22, 2011 Jefferson Parish Council of Garden Clubs, Inc.
1973 Jefferson Hwy LaBarre Rd. New Orleans Jefferson Parish Council of Garden Clubs, Inc.
1973 Bridge City-West Bank (Hwy. 90) at foot of Huey P. Long Bridge Jefferson Parish Council of Garden Clubs, Inc.
Nov.11 1996 Franklin Ave. at Stumpf Blvd. West Bank, Gretna Twilight Gardeners Association, Gretna
Sept. 11 2002 Parterre Memorial Gardens in Lafreniere Park, Metairie District II Garden Clubs
Nov 6 2010 North End of Hwy 3134, (Intersect w/Barataria Blvd,) Marrero Jefferson Parish Council of Garden Clubs
Nov 6 2010 799 Jean Lafitte Blvd, Jean Lafitte Better Swamps & Garden Club
April 6, 2011 Kenner Veteran's Park, 1901 Williams Blvd, Kenner Chateux Estates Garden Club
May 6, 2011 Argonne St. & Transcontinental Ave., Metairie Petals of North Bridgedale Garden Club
Nov 10 2011 Veterans Memorial Blvd and North Causeway Blvd, Metairie Jefferson Parish Council of Garden Clubs, Inc.
March 20, 2012 400 Block of Terry Parkway, Terrytown Terrytown Garden Club
Dec. 3 1966 Hwy. 90 at Brashear Ave. In median with Eternal Flame Morgan City Garden Club
March 11, 1967 Evangeline Thru-way at Tourist Information Center Lafayette Garden Club
November 1966 Hwy. 90/182, New Orleans Blvd. Terrebonne Garden Club
May 25, 1998 Hwy. 90 at South-East Blvd. Bayou Vista Garden Club
April 24, 1999 LA1 at Nicholls State University, Thibodaux Thibodaux Garden Club
Nov. 11 1999 Hwy. 90 at Hwy. 182, Entrance to City at Tourist Center Patterson Garden Club
June 28, 2000 Hwy. 90/Service Rd., St. Mary Parish Tourist Center Franklin Garden Club
Nov. 11 2000 LA Hwy. 96, Parish Building, 301 West Port St. St. Martinville Garden Club
June 4, 2002 Jackson St. at West 10th St. Chaisson Park Thibodaux Garden Club
May 27, 2002 1010 Main St. Sugar City Plaza, Jeanerette New Iberia Garden Club
Nov. 13 2003 Convention & Visitors Bureau Hwy. 14, Iberia Parish New Iberia Garden Club
Nov 10 2004 Patterson City Hall, Hwy 182 Patterson Garden Club
July 4, 2004 Veterans Park - Berard St., Breaux Bridge Breaux Bridge Garden Club
May 9, 2005 City Hall, Loreauville Azalea Garden Club
May 29, 2005 City Hall Grounds on Main St. Gueydan Garden Club
April 26, 2009 Hwy 182, 300 Patti Dr., Berwick Civic Center Berwick Garden Club
Welcome Center at 1-20, Shreveport West Shreveport Federated Garden Clubs
Nov. 11 1978 Hwy 1 at entrance to LSU- Shreveport Pierremont Hills Garden Club
Hwy 71 South 8 miles from Arkansas State Line Hosston Garden Study Club
April 7, 1974 Old Minden Rd. at Benton Rd. Bossier City Garden Club
Oct. 27 2003 Turner's Pond by Lake Vies Methodist Church, Lake Shore Dr., Minden Town & Country Garden Club
Unknown Hwy 165, Bastrop Bastrop Garden Club
June 1952 Roadside Park Hwy. 167 North Ruston Garden Club
Nov. 11 1954 Hwy 15 & Loop Rd. Roadside Park Winnsboro Garden Club
March 1, 1957 Hwy 15, Wisner Wisner Garden Club
1987 Hwy 17, Epps Epps Garden Club
1970's Hwy 17 at Hwy. 80, Delhi Delhi Garden Club
May 30, 1968 Hwy 165, West Monroe of the Twin Cities Welcome Garden Club
May 30, 1968 Hwy 34 South, Monroe Monroe Garden Club
Nov. 11 1994 LA Hwy 84, Tourist Center Vidalia Garden Club
May 15, 2007 Hwy 84 at Bayou Cocodrie Welcome Sign Ferriday Garden Club
Nov. 6 2007 Hwy 167 South, Jonesboro Jonesboro Hodge Garden Club
May 15, 1956 Old Spanish Trail in median at Pontchartrain Dr. & Carey St. Bayou Liberty Garden Club
1965 Hwy.61 at Florida Blvd./Airline (Cortana Mall) (destroyed) Baton Rouge Garden Club
April 1963 Hwy I-55 Tourist Information Center, Hammond Pine Cone Garden Club
November 1989 Cate Square Park Hammond Garden Club
July 1, 2006 Independence Blvd. Baton Rouge Garden Club
May 31, 2004 Hwy 16 at City Hall Stem & Stamen Garden Club
July 4, 2007 Corner of Pine St. and the RailRoad Ponchatoula Gardenetts and Community Garden Club
October 27, 2007 Hwy 36/22 St Tammany Fire District 12, Station 124 Covington Garden Club
Nov. 11 2007 Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park Plaquemine Garden Club
Nov. 11 2008 Hwy Bus 61, 305 River Rd. S, In front of the USS Kidd Baton Rouge Garden Club
Nov. 11 2008 Veterans Blvd between Florida Blvd and Range Ave Denham Springs Garden Club
1960 Hwy 190 West at Tourist Information Center (Exit 19B from I-49) Opelousas Garden Club
Nov.11 1964 Hwy 171 at Washington St. DeRidder Gardenettes
Nov.11 1966 Hwy 27 at Roselawn Cemetery (Exit 20 from I-10) Town & Country and Sulphur Garden Club
May 28, 1994 LA Hwy 103 (Exit 25 from I-49) Washington Garden Club
Nov. 11 1998 LA Hwy 383 City Hall Complex, Iowa Iowa Garden Club
Nov. 11 2000 LA Hwy 90 at Tourist Center, Lake Charles
(remounted after Hurricane Rita - 2005) photo
Lake Charles and Diggers & Weeders Garden Club of Lake Charles
May 15, 2004 Hwy 90 at 250 West Laurel; Post Office, Eunice Bulb and Blossom Garden Club
Oct. 2 2004 Hwy 165 - 4th St. at the Gazebo, Kinder Spade & Hope Garden Club
Nov. 10 2006 City Hall, 126 E. Main St. Ville Platte Magnolia Garden Club
May 26, 2007 SW Intersection of LA Hwy 13 and Interstate 10 Crowley Garden Club
Nov 1968 Hwy 167/71, MacArthur Dr. at Richard Avenue Alexandria and Airview Terrace Garden Club
April 1, 1996 101 West Lee St., Leesville Sponsored by the Alexandria Garden Club
Oct. 25 2000 LA Hwy 1- Clarence Edwards Park Marksville Garden Club
Dec 7 2009 Alexandria Air Force Base Alexandria Garden Club
April 12, 2011 LGCF, Inc. Headquarters, 1606 Water St., Lecompte LGCF, Inc. 75th Anniversary (1934 - 2009)

Maryland[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

Michigan[edit]

New Jersey[edit]

New York[edit]

North Carolina[edit]

Milepost 41 – Westbound Buncombe/Henderson County Rest Area (dedicated on July 18, 2008).[15]
Milepost 68 – Westbound Welcome Center.[15]
Milepost 82 – Westbound McDowell County Rest Area.[15]
Milepost 136 – Eastbound Catawba County Rest Area.[15]
Milepost 364 – Duplin County Rest Area (dedicated on April 6, 2005).[15]
Milepost 105 – Southbound Welcome Center (dedicated on July 21, 2006).[15]
Milepost 181 – Southbound Welcome Center.[15]
15th Avenue Place SE, in Hickory.[15]
New Hamlet Senior Center, in Hamlet (dedicated on October 18, 1984).[15]
Hay Street at Freedom Memorial Park, in Fayetteville (dedicated on March 3, 1956).[15]
Milepost 282 – Northwest Visitor Center (dedicated on September 14, 2010).[16][17]
Near City Hall towards Camp Lejeune, in Jacksonville (dedicated on May 27, 1984).[15]

Oklahoma[edit]

  • Blue Star Memorial By-Way, dedicated by the Dogwood Garden Club of Red Fork, Oklahoma to recognize military personnel for their service to the United States of America and the many service men and women have passed through Tulsa during their time in defending the country. Location: Route 66 Historical Village, 3770 Southwest Blvd, Tulsa, Oklahoma
    www.route66village.org[18]

Pennsylvania[edit]

Pennsylvania Turnpike

Rhode Island[edit]

  • Dedication held on 8/10/2013. Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island
    (First Town in Rhode Island to place a Blue Star Memorial Marker.)

South Carolina[edit]

Milepost 0 – Eastbound Welcome Center.[20]
Milepost 92 – Eastbound Kershaw County Rest Area.[20]
Milepost 89 – Southbound Welcome Center.[20]
Milepost 0 – Northbound Welcome Center.[20]
Milepost 103 – Southbound Welcome Center.[20]
Milepost 4 – Northbound Welcome Center.[20]
Milepost 194 – Southbound Welcome Center.[20]
At York Street and Richland Avenue intersection, in Aiken.[20]
West end of the Gervais Street Bridge, in Columbia.[20]
On South Carolina State Capital grounds, in Columbia.[20]
Near Sesquicentennial State Park entrance, north of Columbia.[20]
At Hampton Park, in Camden.[20]
SC 151 intersection, in McBee (dedicated on April 14, 1953; rededicated on May 23, 2011); it was the sixth established blue star in the state.[21][22]
Near North Carolina state line, in Chesterfield County.[23]

Tennessee[edit]

Virginia[edit]

Milepost 0 – Northbound Carroll County Rest Area (dedicated on May 30, 2005).[25]
Milepost 0 – Northbound Greensville County Rest Area.[26]

Washington[edit]

Wyoming[edit]

Routes in Wyoming designated as Blue Star Memorial Highways include Interstate 25 (markers at Southeast Wyoming Information Center, exit 4, and at Chugwater Rest Area, exit 54), Interstate 80 (marker at Ft. Steele Rest Area, exit 228), I-25 Business Route through Douglas (marker near downtown on Yellowstone Highway), U.S. Route 85 (marker at Mule Creek Jct. Rest Area, mile marker 196). Blue Star Memorial markers are also located in Cody, Riverton and Worland. WYDOT Public Affairs Office, Cheyenne, WY

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lysiak, Jennifer. Contract still in the works for LVAC, Metrowny.com, 2011-01-21
  2. ^ a b c George Unrine & Judy Laird, Blue Star Memorial Highways & Byways, California Garden Clubs, Inc.
  3. ^ Morris Communications, The Milepost, 59th edition, page 635, ISBN9-781892-15421
  4. ^ "2008 Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California". California Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  5. ^ Waymarking.com. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  6. ^ a b "History and Current Status of: The Blue Star Memorial Highways". The National Remember Our Troops Campaign. Retrieved November 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Blue Star Locations by State". National Garden Clubs, Inc. 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Blue Star Memorial Highway I". Georgia Historical Society. 2008. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.gardenclub.org/projects/ongoing-projects/blue-star-memorials.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "New Home for Blue Star Markers". INSIDE. Iowa Department of Transportation. January 2009. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  11. ^ Barkley Regional Airport
  12. ^ Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc. keeps the official list of all Louisiana Blue Star Memorial Highways and Markers
  13. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation list of memorial highways
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "North Carolina Memorial Highways and other Named Facilities". Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "NCDOT: NC Blue Star Memorial Marker Locations". Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  16. ^ a b "The Record". Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  17. ^ "Tarheel Guardsmen December 2010/January 2011". Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  18. ^ http://www.route66village.org
  19. ^ "Historical Marker Database". Hmdb.org. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "South Carolina Garden Club - Blue Star Memorial Program". Retrieved November 22, 2012. 
  21. ^ "SCnow.com: Garden Club dedicates Blue Star Marker". Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  22. ^ "The South Carolina Garden Club, Inc.". Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  23. ^ "Waymarking.com - US 1 Blue Star, Marlboro County". Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  24. ^ a b c Tennessee Code, Title 54, Chapter 5, Part 10, Section 54-5-1001
  25. ^ "Virginia.org". Virginia.org. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  26. ^ "Flickr: Blue Star Memorial Highway - Skippers, Virginia". 2010-07-30. Retrieved 2011-12-27. 
  27. ^ Virginia DOT Press Release, Oct. 4, 2005
  28. ^ "SB 780: Recordation and Grantor Taxes". Retrieved 2011-12-27. 
  29. ^ "HB 1735 Blue Star Memorial Highway; designates entire length of Route 3 in Lancaster County.". Retrieved 2011-12-27. 

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