Blue Star Memorials


Update on Dedications of Blue Star Markers in NC

Nov. 9– Blue Star Marker:Mt. Airy sponsored by Mountain View Gardeners Garden Club in cooperation with Dr. John L. Gravitte, Family Dentistry; Indoors at 1stPresbyterian Church, 326 S. Main St., Mt. Airy  3:00 pm

Contact:  Joy Barlow phone – 336 786 5687

Nov. 10– Blue Star Marker at Rest Area at Chocowinity sponsored by Washington Garden Club at 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Contact:  Sandra Snapp 252 940 1909;  bissds61@suddenlink.net

Nov. 11– Blue Star (rededication) and Gold Star (first in NC)

At the Knightdale Veterans Memorial Plaza at Knightdale Station Park

810 North First Ave, Knightdale, NC  1:00 – 3:00 pm

Contact:  Sandra Dutton 919 906 6501;  r_dutton@bellsouth.net

As of today, Oct. 10, I will be attending all three dedications

Gail Hill, GCNC President, will attend Mt Airy and Knightdale dedications

Andrea Little, National Blue Star Chair, will attend all three.

BLUE STAR MEMORIAL MARKER PROGRAM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2018

BLUE STAR & GOLD STAR FAMILIES MEMORIAL MARKERS PRICE INCREASE
FROM SEWAH STUDIOS

EFFECTIVE 1 MAY 2018 THROUGH 1 MAY 2020

EFFECTIVE 1 MAY 2018 THROUGH 1 MAY 2020, THE FOLLOWING PRICE INCREASE FOR THE MARKERS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

  • HIGHWAY OR MEMORIAL (LARGE) MARKERS – delivered with a 7’ pole (Includes Shipping) = $1,530 (an increase of $60)
  • MEMORIAL BY-WAY MARKER (SMALL) MARKER – (Includes Shipping) = $510 (an increase of $20)
  • REPLACEMENT POSTS – $325 (No Change in Price)
  • HIGHWAY OR MEMORIAL (LARGE) MARKER REFURBISHMENT – NO POST (Round Trip Freight Included) = $800 (No Change in Price)
  • HIGHWAY OR MEMORIAL MARKER REFURBISHMENT WITH CAP REPAIR – NO POST (Round Trip Freight Included) = $900 (No Change in Price)
  • EXTRA SHIPPING CHARGE (Western States) for HIGHWAY & MEMORIAL (LARGE) MARKERS ONLY – $50 (No Change in Price)

If you are thinking about honoring our Armed Forces and their Families, please take advantage of ordering your Memorial Markers NOW through 30 April 2017, and take advantage of the current prices.

The beautiful NGC Blue & Gold Star Tri-fold brochures will be updated by Headquarters to reflect the increases.

PLEASE NOTE: Patti Smith, Gold Star Families President has moved – New Address: Patti Smith, 12201 W Route 150, Brimfield IL 61517; Email: pattidc@yahoo.com – All Gold Star Families Memorial Marker applications must be signed by Patti; Patti will then forward these applications to the NGC Blue & Gold Star Chairman.

State Presidents and State Blue & Gold Star Families Chairmen; please ensure that every garden club in your State receives the information provided above.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED DEDICATION AND SUPPORT OF THIS VITAL NGC BLUE STAR AND GOLD STAR FAMILIES PROGRAM TO HONOR AND THANK ALL OUR ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA & THEIR FAMILIES

SEMPER FI – ANDREA LITTLE, NGC BLUE & GOLD STAR FAMILIES MEMORIAL MARKER CHAIRMAN

MARTHA PRICE, NGC BLUE & GOLD STAR FAMILIES MEMORIAL MARKER VICE CHAIRMAN

 

Historical Markers Restorations a division of The Tombstone Cleaner

My name is Tom Stelling, my company is Historical Markers Restorations a division of The Tombstone Cleaner we are located in Daytona Beach. I have been restoring Blue Star Memorial Highway Markers and other Bronze Historical Markers around the United State for the last ten years.

Please look at my web site for before and after pictures, it is http://www.historicalmarkersrestorations.com “We come to you and do the markers on site. There is no need to remove and ship.”

Thanks,
Tom Stelling
Historical Markers Restorations
Division of The Tombstone Cleaner
www.HistoricalMarkersRestorations.com
386-299-7841

 

Paula Hartman

The Blue Star Memorial Marker Program has been very active here in North Carolina over the past two years. Markers have been placed in Veterans Centers and on Highways and By-Ways to honor all Armed Forces of the United States of America. Of special note is the By-Way Marker placed at the Dunn Veterans Park in November which was sponsored by the Junior Garden Clubs of Dunn which is the FIRST Blue Star Marker in the nation sponsored by a youth club.

The Blue Star Memorial Marker is a project of the National Garden Club. This project is explained in full under the National Garden Club website and also here in North Carolina under the NCDOT website. A federated garden club must sponsor the marker, but there are many ways of funding this tribute. One can reach out to local civic organizations to help with financing, construction, planting and maintenance. The dedication is always a special event for the town or area where the marker will be placed.

The process from ordering the marker to the actual dedication is about 10 weeks. NCDOT installs and maintains the highway marker.

If you have a marker which needs refurbishing, there is a veteran from Florida, Tom Stalling, who will come to NC and rehab the marker on site rather than shipping it to Sewell Studios which can be costly.

There are over 90 markers in our state. What a wonderful tribute to the men and women who have served, are serving and will serve. For more information, contact Paula Hartman at lilsra@suddenlink.net

New from NGC for 2015 was the addition of a Gold Star marker to allow Gold Star Families who have lost a loved one defending the USA to sponsor a Gold Star marker. Prices will remain the same through May 1, 2016.

It was announced that Blue Star pin are available for $10.00 through Member Services on the NGC website under Shop Online, NGC official jewelry.

If you have markers that are in need of restoration, you might want to check with www.HistoricalMarkersRestorations.com as a source for this service.

The guidelines for Blue Star and Gold Star markers are on the NGC website under Projects, Ongoing Projects, Blue Star Memorials.

Another NGC program that is related to Blue Star markers is the Sage and Roses. This program involves sending greeting cards on holidays to servicemen and others along with a $1.00 donation for each. The money goes into a fund which is used to fund a BSM for the winning states. Details are available on the NGC website under Projects, Ongoing Projects, Sage and Roses.

The NGC website is www.gardenclub.org .