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72nd Blue Star marker in Ohio to be in Milan village square

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Sep 28, 2018 at 11:00 AM

MILAN — A patriotic ceremony to dedicate a Blue Star memorial marker in Milan will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 7.

The ceremony will open with the Edison High School band, followed by the presentation of colors by Milan Boy Scout Troop 214. Milan Mayor Richard Maloney will issue a proclamation. Local military veterans and Garden Club of Ohio President Deanna Stearns will speak during the ceremony.

The unveiling and dedication will take place on the Milan village square. This will be the 72nd Blue Star marker placed in Ohio.

The Milan Garden Club is sponsoring the project in cooperation with the village of Milan and support from American Legion Auxiliary Post 527, the Milan Lions Club, Milan Rotary Club and Blue Star Mothers. 

The Blue Star memorial program, sponsored by the National Garden Clubs Inc., honors all men and women who have served, those who are currently serving and all those who will serve in the United States armed services. The program began in 1944 by the planting of 8,000 trees in New Jersey as a living memorial to veterans of World War II. In 1945, the National Council of State Garden Clubs adopted this program and began a Blue Star highway system that covers thousands of miles across the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii. Memorial markers, such as the one being dedicated in Milan, have been added to the program.

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