Kudos to The Estero Island Garden Club and everyone who organized the event to honor local Veterans. The Blue Star Memorial Marker was unveiled at the Fort Myers Beach Library Saturday. If you missed the ceremony Saturday you can watch it HERE.
The blue star was used on service flags to denote a service member fighting in the war. The program has since been expanded to include memorial Markers and Memorial By-ways (since 1994). These markers are used in National Cemeteries, parks, veteran’s facilities and gardens.
The National Garden Club honors veterans and active service members by installing these signs throughout the country. The first Blue Star Memorial in Florida was dedicated in May of 1949 in Key West.
The Estero Island Garden Club, a member of The National Garden Club, sponsored the memorial marker dedication.
The Blue Star Memorial dedication is based on the ceremony at Gettysburg, where President Lincoln gave his historic address. As part of the ceremony, there was a history of the Blue Star markers followed by the unveiling and dedication of the marker. The event will conclude with echo taps.