Veterans Day is always a special day to honor or nations veterans both past and present, however, yesterday in Discovery Bay was special as the Discovery Bay’s Garden Club held a Blue Star Veterans Memorial Garden Dedication at Slifer Park on Newport Drive.
The community Memorial Garden is dedicated to those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the United States. The Memorial Garden was funded by generous donations from the Discovery Bay Garden Club, Discovery Bay Yacht Club and the Town of Discovery Bay. Community volunteers and clubs’ members plus the Town of Discovery Bay provided the labor and plants.
Assemblyman Jim Frazier and Supervisor Mary Piepho were in attendance as well as members of the Discovery Bay CSD. The Garden Club also presented Board President Mark Simon with an honorary garden shovel.
About the Blue Star Memorial Garden Program
The Blue Star Memorial Program honors service men and women. 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, which 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 was 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 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, as well as in churches and businesses.
This program has been active all through the years to the present, a fitting tribute always and especially now. Many states and regions have been very dedicated, but there is room for growth in some areas.