Veterans Day, November 11, is this Wednesday. The Town of Groton, MA will observe the day with a ceremony at 11AM at Sawyer Common. All are welcome to join us as we honor those who serve and have served our country.
The GGC Blue Star Memorial can be viewed as well. The Blue Star Memorial program is sponsored by the National Federation of Garden Clubs.
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 this program and began a Blue Star Highway system that 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.
The program has 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. The Groton Garden Club installed a Blue Star Memorial on Sawyer Common and dedicated it on Veteran’s Day – November 11th 2011 – submitted by Penny H