Blue Star Memorials

           Blue Stars honor our Armed Forces...

  

Blue Star Memorial at the California Veterans Home, Yountville

Your club or community may participate in this program.
  • Procedure for ordering a Blue Star memorial - CLICK HERE
  • Instructions on Refurbishing Blue Star Memorial Markers - CLICK HERE
  • Complete list and location of all the California Blue Star Sites - Click Here
 
Keep those blue stars shining lest we forget those who keep us free.
 
The Blue Star memorials are a tribute to the United States Armed Forces ... those who have served, are currently serving or will serve in the future.    
  • National Garden Clubs, Inc. adopted the Blue Star Memorial Highway project in 1946.
  • The official design of these first markers was presented to National Council in 1947 featuring the icon of the blue star used on blue star flags.
  • In 1947 California adopted the program and highways 40 and 99 were dedicated.
    • These markers can only be placed on highways that have been dedicated with a resolution through the state assembly.
    • The first five markers were dedicated in 1948.
    • There are now 18 dedicated highways within the state and 58 highway markers.
    • The price, effective May 1, 2012, is $1400 for either of two large markers which includes shipping increase by freight lines, and $450 for the by-way markers.
    • Price is subject to change.
  • There are now three types of markers available
    • Highway markers,
    • By-way markers
    • Memorial markers.
      • The memorial markers approved in 1994 are to be placed at National Cemeteries or V.A. Medical Centers.
      • There are eight of these markers in the state.
      • In 2004 NGC by-laws were changed to allow this newest marker to be placed at state veterans hospitals, cemeteries where veterans are buried and other sites, after permission of the national chairman.
  • Even though the existing three marker types have been redesigned, they still reflect the purpose chosen by members of the National Council; which was to honor members of the Armed Forces and to beautify our country.
  • For more information about the Blue Star Memorial Highways in California, please see the Caltrans site.

  

 
      A few of the markers
in California...        
   Roseville GC     Oasis GC    Modesto GC Mendo Lake District     Fallbrook GC    Chula Vista GC