Lake Bloomer gardeners are installing a Blue Star Memorial Marker at the Gravois Firefighters Memorial in Laurie. The national Blue Star Memorial Marker program honors all men and women who have served, are serving or will serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Representing hope and pride, the blue star was chosen as it was the symbol displayed at homes and businesses that had a family member serving in a branch of the armed services during World War II. Standing 7 feet, 6 inches tall, the 41 inch high by 45 inch wide cast aluminum highway marker is placed on dedicated highways for all to see as a reminder of the service of those who help to keep us free.
About the Lake Bloomers Garden Club
The Blue Star Memorial Marker is a program of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Local garden clubs electing to participate in the program install and maintain the sign and grounds. The memorial marker being put up in Laurie is sponsored by the Lake Bloomers Garden Club, a federated garden club since 1997. During the past 16 years, the club has been involved in many projects of civic improvement and education. The Westside club was recognized as the top club in Missouri this year.
Go to the dedication
The memorial marker will be unveiled at a dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at the Gravois Fire Protection District headquarters on Highway O in Laurie. The ceremony will include music provided by Tiffany and Brooklynn Bryant, the Zack Wheat American Legion Post 624 Honor Guard, a military tribute and local and state dignitaries. The ceremony is open to the public. Veterans and active members of the military are encouraged to attend and wear their uniform - or part of their uniform. A reception with refreshments will follow the dedication.