Blue Star Marker restored
by Whitley Clifton | November 6, 2019 6:34 pm
If you were around the square in Swainsboro last Monday and wondered what a man in a strange outfit was doing, Seedling Garden Club has the answer to your burning question.
The gentleman was Thomas Stelling of Historical Markers Restorations, a division of The Tombstone Cleaner located in Daytona, Florida. He was hired by Seedling Garden Club to restore the Blue Star Memorial Marker located in the Patriots Park. The restoration project was undertaken with the approval of National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) and Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. (GCG).
The Blue Star Marker was first dedicated on September 8, 1957 by Swainsboro Garden Club. It was located on U.S. 1 in Dellwood. At one time, that highway went through Dellwood. When the Department of Transportation did all its roadwork, the marker was removed and lost for a number of years. When it was found, the marker was moved to Swainsboro and placed at its present location.
Seeing that the marker was in such bad shape, the Seedling Garden Club voted to restore it. All restoration had to be approved by NGC and GCG.
The Blue Star Memorial Program has been in existence through the garden club movement for more than 70 years. National Garden Clubs, Inc. is committed to placing Blue Star Memorial Markers on highways and byways in honor of the nation’s armed forces. The blue star was used on service flags. These Blue Star Banners were displayed in the front window of a home to denote a servicemember fighting in the war.
Each time a Blue Star Marker is dedicated, we the people show our love for this beautiful country and our appreciation for those who serve it. For this reason, Seedling Garden Club wanted to restore the marker to its grand glory and make it one that those who see it can be proud of.
A formal re-dedication is planned for the near future.