Plattsmouth Garden Club Blue Star Memorial Rededication

 

Sixty-six years ago, Plattsmouth’s Blue Star Memorial marker was placed off Washington Avenue to honor local veterans.Over the years, however, weather took its toll on the marker to the point it could no longer be restore Plattsmouth Garden Club President and veteran John Williams spearheaded a local movement to replace the marker with an exact replica. He contacted city officials, Boy Scouts, Plattsmouth Garden Club (PGC), National

Garden Club and donors to help see the projec to its ftuition.

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Star Memorial PGC


On Sept. 10, Williams’ dream of replacing the marker became true when it was rededicated during a ceremony in the afternoon, which included addresses from Plattsmouth Mayor Paul Lambert, the Presentation of Colors by local veterans groups, prayers led by The Rev. Lane Bailey of the First United Methodist Church and VFW Chaplain Steve Zweibahmer, a military tribute by Cass County Commander of Department of Nebraska American Legion Speaker Mike Pauly and a speech by Blue Star Memorial Chair for the Federated Garden Clubs of Nebraska Marcia Crofutt.  In the opening of her address, Crofutt thanked Williams, the PGC and donors for their work in replacing the marker.

“The Blue Star Memorial Program honors men and women of the Armed Forces who have served to defend the United States of America,” Crofutt explained. “The program began in 1944 when the New Jersey State Council of Garden Clubs planted 8,000 dogwood trees over a five and one-half mile stretch of highway on U.S. 22 as a living memorial to the men and women from New Jersey who had served in the Armed Forces.”After the end of World War II, the National Council of State Garden Clubs (NCSGC) adopted the New Jersey program at their annual meeting in 1946 in New Orleans


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Picture above:Sharon Muller, Vicki Krotz, Karin Forrest, Vice President, Delphine Glup, FGCN
Blue Star Chairman Marcia Crofutt, John Williams,
PGC President, Charlotte Albers. (kneeling) Kris and Lora Thompson.


“In 1947, Mrs. Frederick R. Kellogg, a former president of the NCSGC, designed the marker,” Crofutt said. “By 1981, the program expanded

beyond highways to include Blue Star By-way markers that are used at civic and historical grounds, parks and gardens.”

Crofutt said she understood the importance of these markers having family members in the service including four brothers and one who never returned. “As you pass this beautiful memorial, remember the men and women who sacrificed their safety and comfort so that we could enjoy the freedoms our country has today. Remember their families and communities who supported them with letters and prayers. Thank you, Plattsmouth, for keeping their memory alive,” she said.

The ceremony concluded with the unveiling of the new marker. Donations for the replacement marker came from Jim and Donna Rouch, Plattsmouth Community Foundation, Douglas Duey and PGC. Margo Prentiss, Cass County Historical Museum curator, was also noted for lobbying to have the Blue Star marker replicated in its original form.

 

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