Blue Star Memorial Program
Honoring Those Who have Served Our Country
The Blue Star Memorial Program honors service men and women.
This program began with the planting of 8,000 Dogwood trees by the
New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs in 1944 as a living memorial to
veterans of World War II. In 1945, the National Council of State
Garden Clubs adopted the program and began a Blue Star Highway
system, which covers thousands of miles across the Continental
United States, Alaska and Hawaii. A large metal Blue Star Memorial
Highway Marker was placed at appropriate locations along the
The program was expanded to include all men and women who had
served, were serving or would serve in the armed services of the
United States. Memorial Markers and By-Way markers were added to
the Highway Markers, to be used at locations such as National
cemeteries, parks, veteran's facilities and gardens.
The Blue Star became an icon in World War II and was seen on
flags and banners in homes for sons and daughters away at war, as
well as in churches and businesses. This program has been active
all through the years to the present, a fitting tribute always and
Ordering a New Blue Star Memorial
Blue Star Memorial Pricing: Effective May 1, 2014 through May 1,
- Memorial / Highway Markers delivered with a 7' post, includes
shipping $1,410 per plaque.
Click here to download a Memorial / Highway Marker
- Byway Markers, includes shipping $470 per plaque.
Click here to download a Byway Marker order
- Replacement posts, $325
- Refurbishment / restoration (no post), includes round-trip
shipping, $800. To restore a large Blue Star Memorial or a Blue
Star Highway Marker.
- Cap repair / refurbish (no post), includes round-trip shipping,
$900. To restore a large Blue Star Memorial or a Blue Star Highway
- Additional West Coast shipping charge, $50 per Memorial or
Highway Marker only. This applies for any shipping location west of
the MN, IA, MO, AR, and LA western state lines.
- A "Guidelines for Blue Star Memorial Markers
2014" booklet how to get started.
- Blue Star
Locations by State
Note: additional West Coast Shipping Fee
$50.00 ONLY for LARGE Memorial and Highway Markers (Any
location west of MN, IA, MO, AR, LA western state lines)
Allow eight weeks for delivery after the studio receives your
order. If you have a specific dedication date set, be sure to allow
plenty of time to be certain you will have the marker by that
Open and inspect the marker as soon as it is received. If you
have it delivered to a business, impress on them that if it is
stored unopened, then later found to be damaged, Sewah Studios will
not accept responsibility for the damage. It must be reported to
After your marker is installed, Sewah Studios suggests the bolts
be filed down so they cannot be easily removed. (Sadly, two markers
have been taken and sold for scrap.)
Memorial and Marker Restoration
Please check the condition of the older markers in your state
and have them re-furbished if necessary. You may attempt this on
your own, or have Sewah Studios do the work. If Sewah Studios does
the refurbishment, when the marker is returned, you will think you
have a brand new marker!
- Cost to RESTORE a LARGE Blue Star Memorial and Highway Marker -
$800 (includes round-trip delivery) You must call Sewah Studios
direct at (740) 373-2087 to arrange pick-up (there is no order form
- By-Way Markers cannot be refurbished. If replacement is
necessary, then a new marker must be ordered. Please Note:
restoration is the ONLY time that clubs may call Sewah Studios...
all other calls go through the NGC Chairman.
- Suggestions for small clubs that want to dedicate a marker or
refurbish an existing one, but cannot afford the cost:
- Contact your local Veteran's organizations, i.e. American
Legion, VFW, DAV, etc. They appreciate our markers and usually are
glad to help. Be sure to invite them to take part in your
- Invite local high school students to help you with the project
- they will never forget it.
- Repainting it yourself - Note: Sewah Studios no longer has
paint information for NGC. They use a special blend, and it cannot
be duplicated. Please do not call Sewah to request it. Many clubs
indicate they go to an automotive repair shop to get the
For more information, contact:
NGC Blue Star Memorial Chairman