New Mexico Garden Clubs (NMGC) District II is hosting a Dedication of Blue Star Memorial Marker at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18.
New Mexico Garden Clubs and NMGC District II are hosting a dedication of a Blue Star Memorial By-Way marker at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
National Garden Clubs has sponsored its Blue Star Memorial program ever since the close of World War II. Originally begun to honor WWII veterans, the program was expanded in 1951 to honor all men and women who have served, are serving or will serve, in the Armed Forces of the United States.
This Blue Star Memorial By-Way marker was purchased some years ago by the former Las Sembradoras Garden Club when Maggie Rubino was its President. The marker was never installed and eventually found its way to New Mexico Garden Clubs’ Blue Star Memorial Chair, Shirley Tetreault. Tetreault has organized the installation of the marker just inside the main entrance to the Santa Fe National Cemetery where it can be seen by all who pass by on their way into the cemetery. Since Las Sembradoras was a NMGC District II club, District II is hosting the ceremony to dedicate the marker.
The ceremony is expected to last about 30-45 minutes.
The Santa Fe Naval Junior ROTC Color Guard will present the colors for the Pledge of Allegiance. Speakers will include NMGC officials, and the Mayor of Santa Fe is expected to attend. Tetreault will describe the history of the Blue Star Markers. Chaplain Jose Villegas will give the Invocation and Benediction. Anne May of Floral Designers will provide a wreath for the marker. Trumpet player Ned Snow will perform Taps at the end of the ceremony. LAGC club members are helping to provide refreshments which will be located near the pavilion above the main entrance road where the marker is installed.
The blue ‘X’ on the map above shows where the Blue Star Memorial Marker will be installed at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Courtesy/NMGC