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IN PHOTOS: Fairview Blue Star Memorial unveiled

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Fairview Mayor Ted Tosterud speaks Friday at the dedication of a Blue Star Memorial marker at the Fairview Veterans Affairs clinic. A dedication ceremony for a new Blue Star Memorial was held Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at the Fairview Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic. Blue Star Memorial markers offer a tribute to all United States armed services members, past and present.

The program was started by the National Council of State Garden Clubs in 1944 in New Jersey with the planting of 1,000 flowering dogwood trees along five miles of highway. In 1947 the program expanded to include highway roadside markers to celebrate the "Blue Star Memorial Highway Program." The marker identified highways that were planted with trees and maintainted by local garden clubs.

Nearly a half-century later, the program evolved to incorporate "Blue Star Memorial" markers, which allowed them to be placed on appropriate civic locations such as Veterans Affairs facilities.

Below, you can view a photo gallery from the Sept. 9 dedication ceremony.