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November 18, 2013

Blue Star marker, garden restored

Located near Champlain Bridge

CROWN POINT — The Blue Star Memorial Highway marker and garden near Champlain Bridge have been undergoing a facelift over the past few months.

Originally erected and landscaped in the late 1980s by the Elizabethtown-Westport and Carillon Garden clubs, the garden became overgrown, obscuring the special sign, Carillon President Betty Rettig said in an email.

“The Blue Star Memorial Highway marker and garden near the Crown Point bridge is a very special and fitting place since our country was first established, in part, because of the efforts of the men and women who lived, fought and defended this area,” Rettig said.

Both the forts at Crown Point and Fort Ticonderoga played major roles in the American Revolution.

GARDEN DESIGN

The marker and garden near the bridge have both been restored by the clubs, Rettig said.

“We were very pleased to be able to refurbish this important garden. Jackie Viestenz, chairperson of the project, has done an excellent job designing and maintaining the garden, along with Joyce Cooper, Judy Walker and myself.

“A variety of landscaping specimens will provide color and interest throughout the year.”

BLUE STAR HISTORY

The idea of Blue Star Memorial Highway markers throughout the United States was first conceived after World War II to honor veterans.

Later, the concept was changed to honor all members of the armed services, past, present and future, Rettig said.

The National Garden Club, of which the local clubs are affiliates, began the campaign after inspiration from a New Jersey garden club.

“It was felt that beautification gardens and signs were a fitting living memorial to the men and women who have fought or are now serving in the defense of the United States of America.

“The project was originally named for the blue star on the service flag, which hung in windows of homes and businesses to honor the men and women who were serving.”

DEDICATON EYED

The restoration was done by members of the Carillon Garden Club of Ticonderoga, with funding from State Garden Clubs District IV and the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State.

A dedication ceremony is in the planning stages for spring 2014, Rettig said.

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