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Marker honors all service men and women

by: VERN UYETAKE - West Linn Garden Club President Jane Sercombe, left, accepts an award from National Garden Club President Linda Nelson, standing, who is next to the State Garden Club President Peggy Olin, along with Co-district Director for Clackamas County Darby Walker.The West Linn Garden Club dedicated a new Blue Star Memorial Marker in West Linn on Veterans Day.

According to National Gardening Clubs Inc., the Blue Star Memorial Program honors service men and women. The 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.

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.

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. In West Linn, it was placed at the viewpoint overlooking the Willamette River along Interstate 205 between 10th Street and Highway 43.

The marker was unveiled at the viewpoint and was followed by a reception at West Linn Lutheran Church. Honored guests included National Garden Club President Linda Nelson as well as the State Garden Club President Peggy Olin.by: VERN UYETAKE - West Linn Garden Club President Jane Sercombe introduces guests for the dedication.

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