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Mt. Juliet places marker to honor Armed Forces

Jessica Boyd • Updated May 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Members of the Lake Forest Acres Garden Club and the city of Mt. Juliet dedicated a new Blue Star Memorial Marker to recognize military personnel Saturday in Mt. Juliet. 

The marker was placed just outside City Hall at 2425 N. Mt. Juliet Road.

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“It’s a tribute to the Armed Forces of America…The Lake Forest Acres Garden Club paid just over $1,400 for the marker through yard sales, donations and a jewelry show,” said Lucricia Cole, president of Lake Forest Acres Garden Club.

The Blue Star Memorial Program honors all men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. This 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. 

In 1945, the National Council of State Garden Clubs adopted the program and began a Blue Star Highway system that covers thousands of miles across the U.S. A large metal Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker was placed at appropriate locations along the way. These markers are used in national cemeteries, parks, veteran’s facilities and gardens.

“It’s a way to let people in our city know we respect our military, what they have done and that is where our freedom comes from,” said Cole. 

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, and in churches and businesses. The program has been active through the years as a tribute to members of the Armed Forces. 

City Manager Kenny Martin accepted the marker. 

“We are honored and feel blessed they chose Mt. Juliet for this wonderful blessing and location for the monument,” Martin said. “We want to do all we can to honor and recognize our Armed Forces and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and their families daily.”

State Sen. Mae Beavers was among the scheduled speakers at the dedication. 

 

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