Photos: Discovery Bay Blue Star Veterans Memorial Garden Dedication


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.


  1. Every town and city in America should have one of these dedications to show our pride in our veterans. Great job Garden Club and those who helped make it happen!

  2. Proud of Discovery Bay Garden Club for this tribute to our veterans. Nice to see something positive in Discovery Bay for a change.

  3. This was a nice, well planned event. No, promoters, no Amanda, no press and no loco service clubs to muck things up. If someone could help Mark Simon dress appropriately for such events he might get more than a shovel.

  4. Thank you to Assemblyman Jim Frazier and Supervisor Mary Piepho for attending and supporting the Blue Star program.

  5. Thank you Assemblyman Fraiser ! Watch your back ! Mary is looking at your job. That nice smile comes with a price. There will be much more of these two competing.

    • ECVsFather/brother/mother/ or persona a’ la mode,

      I am sure Assemblyman Frazier would appreciate you getting your facts straight as well as spelling his name correctly if you are going to try to throw support his way.

      It is common knowledge that Frazier actually considered challenging Piepho for her position not vise versa.

      “In Piepho’s district, Democrat and novice Oakley Councilman Jim Frazier is torn between a bid for supervisor and a rare, open Assembly district seat.” …”The Oakley councilman for months has also contemplated running for county supervisor.”…”It is undeniably cheaper than an Assembly battle, but he would have to beat Piepho, a fierce campaigner who ousted an incumbent to win her first term and survived a 2008 challenge from termed-out Assemblyman Guy Houston.”

      Why would Piepho want to run for Frazier’s seat in the Assembly, when her legacy lies in the Senate where her father served.

      In terms of a “job” comparison between the two, a member of the Assembly is paid LESS, has to commute to Sacramento, has NO retirement benefit, has to re-run for the position every TWO years, has term limits and has only one vote out of 80 other members. Whereas a member of the Board of Supervisors is paid MORE, commutes the county/district, has a retirement benefit, has to re-run for the position every FOUR years, has NO term limit and is one vote of 5 members.

      The saying goes, never bring a knife to a gun fight. I’m sure many here are wondering why you keep showing up with a “spork”? If your idea of success is showing the world how stupid you are and giving me the opportunity to factually beat you like a redheaded-step-child then you have accomplished your mission. Nice work dimwit!

  6. @Carol & @William R

    It’s a shame that you use a post that involves the Veterans day as a time for you to bad mouth the town of Discovery Bay and Mark Simon. Didn’t you parents ever teach you the phrase, “If you can’t think of anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

    • I can’t speak for Carol. I was simply pointing out the obvious. If you don’t like it Scooter Pig you shouldn’t be on a blog where opinions are exchanged. I was being nice to Mark Simon. Truth be told he is a POS.

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