Crofton Blue Star Memorial Dedicated

Crofton Village Garden Club dedicated a Blue Star Memorial Byway Marker yesterday at the Crofton Branch Library.

Crofton Blue Star Memorial Marker

Crofton Blue Star Memorial Marker

History of the Blue Star

The Blue Star was evident during World War II in churches, businesses and homes.

In 1944, the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs planted 8,000 Dogwood trees as a living memorial to veterans of World War II, and the National Council of State Garden Clubs adopted the program a year later, calling it the Blue Star Highway System.   Blue Star Memorial Highway markers now cover thousands of miles across the Continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii.

Fifty years later, in 1994, the  program was expanded to include all men and women who had served, were serving or would serve in the armed services of the United States.  By-Way markers and Memorial markers were added to the program for placement at at public buildings, parks, veteran’s facilities and National cemetaries.

Dedication Ceremony

The following dignitaries participated in the Dedication:

  • 70th ISR Wing Honor Guard from Fort Meade – Presentation of Colors
  • Reverend Elizabeth D. McLean, Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church – Invocation and Benediction
  • Liz Williams, Director District II of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc. – Pledge of Allegiance
  • The Prince of Peache Church Sanctuary Choir – America, the Beautiful
  • Margaret Markewics, Blue Star Memorial Markers Chairman – History of the Blue Star Memorial
  • Sally Moore, Crofton Village Garden Club President – Unveiling of Marker and Closing Remarks
  • and Hampton Auld, Executive Director of the Anne Arundel County Public Library and – Unveiling of Marker.  Mr. Ald also Accepted the Marker on behalf of the Library System
  • Jackie Handley, President, Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc. – Dedication
  • Crofton Village Garden Club members Bernie Robertson and Gail Brooks – Laying of Wreath

The Crofton Village Garden club  is grateful to patrons and donors who supported this project and the dedication ceremony/

Donations in Memory of:

  • Col. Standish O. Brooks, U.S.A., Ret., by Gail Brooks
  • Cdr. Donald R. Carver, Ret., U.S.N., by Neal Carver
  • 1st Lt. Marvin Haerbig, U.S.A.F., by Bernie Haerbig Robertson
  • Pvt. John E. Mullkan, U.S. A., by the family of Cindy Hansen
  • Lt. Col. Ronald P. Tolliver, U.S.A. by Faye Tolliver
  • Lt. Richard Vl Loveless, U.S.A., by Margaret Woda
  • Raymond R. Farrell, U.S.A., by Mary Lu Loveless
  • Unknown Soldier, by Angela Silverstein

Donations in Honor of:

  • Lt. Col. Sherwood C. Gordon, U.S.A.F., Ret, by Lorraine Gordon
  • Cpl. Charles E. Joeckel, Jr., U.S.M.C., by Joy Porter
  • Capt. Richard J. Levendoski, U.S.N., Ret., by Shirley Levendoski
  • Capt. Patrick McClanahan, U.S.N., by Jane McClanahan
  • Capt. Lawrence E. Woda, U.S.N., Ret., by his family

The next time you visit the library, be sure to pause a moment at the Blue Star Memorial to remember the women and men in our Armed Forces.



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