Blue Star Memorial Program
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 way.
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 especially now. Many states
and regions have been very dedicated, but there is room for growth
in some areas.
BLUE STAR MEMORIAL PRICE CHANGE
Effective May 1, 2012
- Blue Star Memorial and Highway Markers (includes post) - $1350
Download order form - WORD
- Blue Star Byway Markers - $450 Download order form - WORD or
- New Post Only - $325
- Large Blue Star Memorial/Highway Marker without Post -
- A "Guidelines" booklet how to get started.
- Blue Star
Locations by State
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)
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 for restoration).
By-Way Markers cannot be refurbished--a new one must be
Please Note--Restoration is the ONLY time that clubs may call
Sewah Studios--all other call go through the NGC Chairman.
Contact the NGC Blue Star
Memorial Chairman for more information.
Tips for Ordering
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
Have someone 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. It must be reported to them
After your marker is installed, Sewah suggests the bolts be
filed down so they cannot be easily removed. Two markers have been
taken and sold for scrap.
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 tell me they go to an
automotive repair shop and get the paint.
When filling in the forms please type if possible or print
legibly. We have had several problems due to illegible
Please check the condition of the older markers in your
state and have them re-furbished if necessary. When SEWAH returns
them, you will think you have a brand new marker, or you can
attempt to do it yourself
Small clubs who would like to dedicate a marker or
re-furbish an existing one, but cannot afford the cost, try
contacting your 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 dedication ceremony.
Invite the high school students to help you--they will never forget