Alaska Garden Clubs

Subtitle

The Blue Star Memorial Marker Program (NGC)

 The National Garden Clubs, Inc. have had a program in place to honor service men & women since 1945. It's the Blue Star Memorial Program, and it 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. The following year the National Council of Garden Clubs, as it was called at the time, adopted the program and began a Blue Star Highway system, which covers thousands of miles across the  United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. A large metal Blue Star Highway Marker was placed in appropriate locations along the way.

 The program 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.

                       Location of Alaska Blue Star Markers

Anchor Point - 16 miles from Kenai

Anchorage - 6th and Juneau Streets 

Juneau - Public Library Triangle (Junction of S Franklin & Marine Hwy) dedicated 06/1990

Wasilla - Iditapark

Ketchikan - Alaska Marine Highway Terminal

Tok - Visitors Center (Junction of SR1 & SR2)

Fairbanks - Weeks Field

 

       Ketchikan dedicated 06/04/1974

 


 

 

  

  

         Fairbanks dedicated 06/11/1979



 

         Wasilla dedicated 09/16/2010

             

 

 

 

                       

      Anchorage dedicated 06/19/1974

 

 

 

 

 

  Anchor Point dedicated 07/22/1970

 




 

Tok dedicated 08/15/1973

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

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Wednesday, Oct 18 at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, Nov 2 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday, Nov 9 at 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM