蓝星标记添加到SW La. 退伍军人公墓
A Blue Star Memorial Marker honoring all those who served and continue to serve in the Armed Forces will now greet visitors to the Southwest Louisiana 退伍军人公墓 in Jennings.
“This is one of the first things people will see when they come to the cemetery,公墓主任德维恩·古德里说. “It will serve as a continuous reminder of the sacrifices that all of our men and women veterans have given.”
区域退伍军人, 社区领袖, school children and local residents joined the Jennings Garden Club on Monday as they unveiled and dedicated the new memorial marker. 《十大网赌信誉网址大全》，詹姆斯·欧. 19号美国退伍军人协会的霍尔和520号美国退伍军人协会的弗兰克·蒂博多 also helped sponsored the marker.
Jennings Garden Club President Nookie Miller said the marker will serve as a “constant reminder for all to see and never to forget those who keep us free.” S他说 the marker would not be possible without the cooperation of all those involved in the project.
“Originally Jennings had one in the ‘70s on the highway, but it went missing,” Miller said. “多年来，十大网赌信誉网址大全一直试图取代它, but it was so expensive we couldn’t afford it until we all worked together to purchase a new sign.”
玛丽·海森, chairman of the Freedom Isn’t Free project which places markers at cemeteries and military installations, was overwhelmed at all those involved in getting the memorial market in place and those who turned out for the dedication, including students from Jennings Elementary School who sang patriotic music during the ceremony.
“这一切都是为了纪念十大网赌信誉网址大全的退伍军人，”哈森说. “The women of the Garden Club worked hard to get it done and the people have responded.”
路易斯安那州退伍军人事务部长. 乔伊·斯特里克兰说，蓝星计划始于1944年，当时种植了8棵,000 dogwood trees by a New Jersey Garden Club 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 covering thousands of miles across the U.S.
“The Blue Star was adopted because it had become an icon in World War II and was seen on flags, 为在外作战的儿女们准备的旗帜和家园, 教堂和企业也是如此,思特里克兰德说.
这个项目扩大了，现在包括了公园, 市民及历史理由, 国家公墓和退伍军人管理中心, 他说.
“You can’t go anywhere in the United States without seeing one of these markers,思特里克兰德说. “That’s a tribute to the loyalty and love that American people have for their veterans.”
The Jennings cemetery is the second state run veterans cemetery to receive a Blue Star Memorial Marker. The first one was placed at the Northeast Louisiana 退伍军人公墓 in Rayville. A third marker will be placed at the Southeast 退伍军人公墓 in Slidell in November.
“Today the Blue Star and Gold Star markers extend from sea to shining sea and continue to be dedicated each year on highways, 在退伍军人设施, 退伍军人公墓，历史和公民场所,”医生说。. 帕姆·兰利，掘草者湖查尔斯花园俱乐部前任主席.
Father Trey Ange said the memorial is a way to show appreciation and thanks to those who are in our Armed Forces and those who have served with their lives to defend our country.