Blue Star Memorial Highway

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Blue Star Memorial Highway marker on Interstate 81 northbound near New Market, Virginia

Blue Star Memorial Highways are highways in the United States that are marked to pay tribute to the U.S. armed forces. The National Council of State Garden Clubs, now known as National Garden Clubs, Inc., started the program in 1945 after World War II. The blue star was used on service flags to denote a servicemember fighting in the war. The program has since been expanded to include Memorial Markers[1] and Memorial By-ways (since 1994).[2] These markers are used in National Cemeteries, parks, veterans facilities, and gardens.

List of Blue Star Memorials[edit]

Alaska[edit]

Marker in Anchor Point, Alaska

California[edit]

Colorado[edit]

Delaware[edit]

Florida[edit]

Georgia[edit]

Illinois[edit]

Illinois Route 43, S.Harlem Avenue at the intersection of Will County Highway 74, W. Laraway Road, Frankfort, Illinois in 1980. [9]

Iowa[edit]

Kentucky[edit]

Louisiana[edit]

DateLocation[12]Sponsor
Feb. 25 1955Fort Pike State Park Off Hwy 90, New OrleansNew Orleans Federated Council of Garden Clubs
Nov. 14 1972Chef Menteur Hwy. (Hwy. 90) at Michoud Blvd., New OrleansLes Belles Fleures Garden Club
Dec. 2 1972Gen. DeGaulle Dr. In median at Mardi Gras Blvd.(West Bank)Algiers, Aurora, and Buena Vista Garden Clubs
Nov. 14 1972Gentilly Blvd. (Hwy. 90) In median at Gentilly Woods Shopping Center, New OrleansPontchartrain Garden Club
March 2, 1996St. Bernard Hwy, (LA 46) Dela Ronde Home Ruins, Chalmette
(lost in Katrina - August 2005)
Green Thumb Garden Club
March 2, 1996St. Bernard Hwy. (LA 46) ArabiGreen Thumb Garden Club
Nov 1997Judge Perez Dr. at Culture Center, Chalmette (lost in Katrina - August 2005)Green Thumb Garden Club
April 26, 2002City Park Botanical Gardens by the Flag PoleFederated Council of New Orleans Garden Clubs
Oct. 19 2008Hwy 23/Belle Chase Hwy Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS/JRB)District I & II
June 6, 2010The National WWII Museum, 1001 Magazine St., New Orleans"Freedom Isn't Free" Project, LGCF, Inc.
Nov. 11 2010Hwy 23/BellCreative Planters Garden Club
April 11, 1961International Airport, New Orleans. Original Lost; Replaced on August 22, 2011Jefferson Parish Council of Garden Clubs, Inc.
1973Jefferson Hwy LaBarre Rd. New OrleansJefferson Parish Council of Garden Clubs, Inc.
1973Bridge City-West Bank (Hwy. 90) at foot of Huey P. Long BridgeJefferson Parish Council of Garden Clubs, Inc.
Nov.11 1996Franklin Ave. at Stumpf Blvd. West Bank, GretnaTwilight Gardeners Association, Gretna
Sept. 11 2002Parterre Memorial Gardens in Lafreniere Park, MetairieDistrict II Garden Clubs
Nov 6 2010North End of Hwy 3134, (Intersect w/Barataria Blvd,) MarreroJefferson Parish Council of Garden Clubs
Nov 6 2010799 Jean Lafitte Blvd, Jean LafitteBetter Swamps & Garden Club
April 6, 2011Kenner Veteran's Park, 1901 Williams Blvd, KennerChateux Estates Garden Club
May 6, 2011Argonne St. & Transcontinental Ave., MetairiePetals of North Bridgedale Garden Club
Nov 10 2011Veterans Memorial Blvd and North Causeway Blvd, MetairieJefferson Parish Council of Garden Clubs, Inc.
March 20, 2012400 Block of Terry Parkway, TerrytownTerrytown Garden Club
Dec. 3 1966Hwy. 90 at Brashear Ave. In median with Eternal FlameMorgan City Garden Club
March 11, 1967Evangeline Thru-way at Tourist Information CenterLafayette Garden Club
November 1966Hwy. 90/182, New Orleans Blvd.Terrebonne Garden Club
May 25, 1998Hwy. 90 at South-East Blvd.Bayou Vista Garden Club
April 24, 1999LA1 at Nicholls State University, ThibodauxThibodaux Garden Club
Nov. 11 1999Hwy. 90 at Hwy. 182, Entrance to City at Tourist CenterPatterson Garden Club
June 28, 2000Hwy. 90/Service Rd., St. Mary Parish Tourist CenterFranklin Garden Club
Nov. 11 2000LA Hwy. 96, Parish Building, 301 West Port St.St. Martinville Garden Club
June 4, 2002Jackson St. at West 10th St. Chaisson ParkThibodaux Garden Club
May 27, 20021010 Main St. Sugar City Plaza, JeaneretteNew Iberia Garden Club
Nov. 13 2003Convention & Visitors Bureau Hwy. 14, Iberia ParishNew Iberia Garden Club
Nov 10 2004Patterson City Hall, Hwy 182Patterson Garden Club
July 4, 2004Veterans Park - Berard St., Breaux BridgeBreaux Bridge Garden Club
May 9, 2005City Hall, LoreauvilleAzalea Garden Club
May 29, 2005City Hall Grounds on Main St.Gueydan Garden Club
April 26, 2009Hwy 182, 300 Patti Dr., Berwick Civic CenterBerwick Garden Club
Welcome Center at 1-20, Shreveport WestShreveport Federated Garden Clubs
Nov. 11 1978Hwy 1 at entrance to LSU- ShreveportPierremont Hills Garden Club
Hwy 71 South 8 miles from Arkansas State LineHosston Garden Study Club
April 7, 1974Old Minden Rd. at Benton Rd.Bossier City Garden Club
Oct. 27 2003Turner's Pond by Lake Vies Methodist Church, Lake Shore Dr., MindenTown & Country Garden Club
UnknownHwy 165, BastropBastrop Garden Club
June 1952Roadside Park Hwy. 167 NorthRuston Garden Club
Nov. 11 1954Hwy 15 & Loop Rd. Roadside ParkWinnsboro Garden Club
March 1, 1957Hwy 15, WisnerWisner Garden Club
1987Hwy 17, EppsEpps Garden Club
1970'sHwy 17 at Hwy. 80, DelhiDelhi Garden Club
May 30, 1968Hwy 165, West Monroe of the Twin CitiesWelcome Garden Club
May 30, 1968Hwy 34 South, MonroeMonroe Garden Club
Nov. 11 1994LA Hwy 84, Tourist CenterVidalia Garden Club
May 15, 2007Hwy 84 at Bayou Cocodrie Welcome SignFerriday Garden Club
Nov. 6 2007Hwy 167 South, JonesboroJonesboro Hodge Garden Club
May 15, 1956Old Spanish Trail in median at Pontchartrain Dr. & Carey St.Bayou Liberty Garden Club
1965Hwy.61 at Florida Blvd./Airline (Cortana Mall) (destroyed)Baton Rouge Garden Club
April 1963Hwy I-55 Tourist Information Center, HammondPine Cone Garden Club
November 1989Cate Square ParkHammond Garden Club
July 1, 2006Independence Blvd.Baton Rouge Garden Club
May 31, 2004Hwy 16 at City HallStem & Stamen Garden Club
July 4, 2007Corner of Pine St. and the RailRoadPonchatoula Gardenetts and Community Garden Club
October 27, 2007Hwy 36/22 St Tammany Fire District 12, Station 124Covington Garden Club
Nov. 11 2007Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront ParkPlaquemine Garden Club
Nov. 11 2008Hwy Bus 61, 305 River Rd. S, In front of the USS KiddBaton Rouge Garden Club
Nov. 11 2008Veterans Blvd between Florida Blvd and Range AveDenham Springs Garden Club
1960Hwy 190 West at Tourist Information Center (Exit 19B from I-49)Opelousas Garden Club
Nov.11 1964Hwy 171 at Washington St.DeRidder Gardenettes
Nov.11 1966Hwy 27 at Roselawn Cemetery (Exit 20 from I-10)Town & Country and Sulphur Garden Club
May 28, 1994LA Hwy 103 (Exit 25 from I-49)Washington Garden Club
Nov. 11 1998LA Hwy 383 City Hall Complex, IowaIowa Garden Club
Nov. 11 2000LA Hwy 90 at Tourist Center, Lake Charles
(remounted after Hurricane Rita - 2005) photo
Lake Charles and Diggers & Weeders Garden Club of Lake Charles
May 15, 2004Hwy 90 at 250 West Laurel; Post Office, EuniceBulb and Blossom Garden Club
Oct. 2 2004Hwy 165 - 4th St. at the Gazebo, KinderSpade & Hope Garden Club
Nov. 10 2006City Hall, 126 E. Main St. Ville PlatteMagnolia Garden Club
May 26, 2007SW Intersection of LA Hwy 13 and Interstate 10Crowley Garden Club
Nov 1968Hwy 167/71, MacArthur Dr. at Richard AvenueAlexandria and Airview Terrace Garden Club
April 1, 1996101 West Lee St., LeesvilleSponsored by the Alexandria Garden Club
Oct. 25 2000LA Hwy 1- Clarence Edwards ParkMarksville Garden Club
Dec 7 2009Alexandria Air Force BaseAlexandria Garden Club
April 12, 2011LGCF, Inc. Headquarters, 1606 Water St., LecompteLGCF, Inc. 75th Anniversary (1934 - 2009)

Maryland[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

Michigan[edit]

New Jersey[edit]

New York[edit]

North Carolina[edit]

Milepost 41 – Westbound Buncombe/Henderson County Rest Area (dedicated on July 18, 2008).[15]
Milepost 68 – Westbound Welcome Center.[15]
Milepost 82 – Westbound McDowell County Rest Area.[15]
Milepost 136 – Eastbound Catawba County Rest Area.[15]
Milepost 364 – Duplin County Rest Area (dedicated on April 6, 2005).[15]
Milepost 105 – Southbound Welcome Center (dedicated on July 21, 2006).[15]
Milepost 181 – Southbound Welcome Center.[15]
15th Avenue Place SE, in Hickory.[15]
New Hamlet Senior Center, in Hamlet (dedicated on October 18, 1984).[15]
Hay Street at Freedom Memorial Park, in Fayetteville (dedicated on March 3, 1956).[15]
Milepost 282 – Northwest Visitor Center (dedicated on September 14, 2010).[16][17]
Near City Hall towards Camp Lejeune, in Jacksonville (dedicated on May 27, 1984).[15]

Oklahoma[edit]

Pennsylvania[edit]

Pennsylvania Turnpike

Rhode Island[edit]

South Carolina[edit]

Milepost 0 – Eastbound Welcome Center.[20]
Milepost 92 – Eastbound Kershaw County Rest Area.[20]
Milepost 89 – Southbound Welcome Center.[20]
Milepost 0 – Northbound Welcome Center.[20]
Milepost 103 – Southbound Welcome Center.[20]
Milepost 4 – Northbound Welcome Center.[20]
Milepost 194 – Southbound Welcome Center.[20]
At York Street and Richland Avenue intersection, in Aiken.[20]
West end of the Gervais Street Bridge, in Columbia.[20]
On South Carolina State Capital grounds, in Columbia.[20]
Near Sesquicentennial State Park entrance, north of Columbia.[20]
At Hampton Park, in Camden.[20]
SC 151 intersection, in McBee (dedicated on April 14, 1953; rededicated on May 23, 2011); it was the sixth established blue star in the state.[21][22]
Near North Carolina state line, in Chesterfield County.[23]

Tennessee[edit]

Virginia[edit]

Milepost 0 – Northbound Carroll County Rest Area (dedicated on May 30, 2005).[25]
Milepost 0 – Northbound Greensville County Rest Area.[26]

Washington[edit]

Wyoming[edit]

Routes in Wyoming designated as Blue Star Memorial Highways include Interstate 25 (markers at Southeast Wyoming Information Center, exit 4, and at Chugwater Rest Area, exit 54), Interstate 80 (marker at Ft. Steele Rest Area, exit 228), I-25 Business Route through Douglas (marker near downtown on Yellowstone Highway), U.S. Route 85 (marker at Mule Creek Jct. Rest Area, mile marker 196). Blue Star Memorial markers are also located in Cody, Riverton and Worland. WYDOT Public Affairs Office, Cheyenne, WY

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lysiak, Jennifer. Contract still in the works for LVAC, Metrowny.com, 2011-01-21
  2. ^ a b c George Unrine & Judy Laird, Blue Star Memorial Highways & Byways, California Garden Clubs, Inc.
  3. ^ Morris Communications, The Milepost, 59th edition, page 635, ISBN9-781892-15421
  4. ^ "2008 Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California". California Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  5. ^ Waymarking.com. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  6. ^ a b "History and Current Status of: The Blue Star Memorial Highways". The National Remember Our Troops Campaign. Retrieved November 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Blue Star Locations by State". National Garden Clubs, Inc. 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Blue Star Memorial Highway I". Georgia Historical Society. 2008. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.gardenclub.org/projects/ongoing-projects/blue-star-memorials.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "New Home for Blue Star Markers". INSIDE. Iowa Department of Transportation. January 2009. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  11. ^ Barkley Regional Airport
  12. ^ Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc. keeps the official list of all Louisiana Blue Star Memorial Highways and Markers
  13. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation list of memorial highways
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "North Carolina Memorial Highways and other Named Facilities". Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "NCDOT: NC Blue Star Memorial Marker Locations". Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  16. ^ a b "The Record". Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  17. ^ "Tarheel Guardsmen December 2010/January 2011". Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  18. ^ http://www.route66village.org
  19. ^ "Historical Marker Database". Hmdb.org. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "South Carolina Garden Club - Blue Star Memorial Program". Retrieved November 22, 2012. 
  21. ^ "SCnow.com: Garden Club dedicates Blue Star Marker". Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  22. ^ "The South Carolina Garden Club, Inc.". Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  23. ^ "Waymarking.com - US 1 Blue Star, Marlboro County". Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  24. ^ a b c Tennessee Code, Title 54, Chapter 5, Part 10, Section 54-5-1001
  25. ^ "Virginia.org". Virginia.org. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  26. ^ "Flickr: Blue Star Memorial Highway - Skippers, Virginia". 2010-07-30. Retrieved 2011-12-27. 
  27. ^ Virginia DOT Press Release, Oct. 4, 2005
  28. ^ "SB 780: Recordation and Grantor Taxes". Retrieved 2011-12-27. 
  29. ^ "HB 1735 Blue Star Memorial Highway; designates entire length of Route 3 in Lancaster County.". Retrieved 2011-12-27. 

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