Blue Star Memorial Marker gets a facelift!
Love for our country and all that makes it great, inspired Ceres Garden Club member, Laura Bravinder, to update and stylize the Blue Star Memorial Marker. The updated modern eye-catching Blue Star Memorial Marker can be seen and appreciated at 2701 4th Street, Ceres, CA at the Ceres Community Center. After many hours spent cleaning the marker over the course of several days, a spray-on primer was applied to the post. Final step for the facelift was to apply a couple of coats of spray paint to match the star. The Blue Star Memorials have nearly a 70 year history, and is the first nation wide project undertaken by the National Garden Clubs (NGC). The project was named for the blue star in the service flag which hung in windows of homes and businesses to honor service men and women. Since WWI, a Blue Star Banner displayed in the front window of a home told others that a family member was serving in the Armed Forces. Captain Robert B Quiesser, an Ohio National Guard veteran of the Mexican Border, (1916) is credited with the design of the original flag. In 1917 the Congressional Record stated: "The world should know of those who give so much for liberty. The dearest thing in all the world to a father and mother - their children." At the close of World War II, National Garden Clubs, like other public-spirited groups was seeking a means of honoring our service men and women. Originally it began as an honor to World War II veterans, and in 1951 it was enlarged to include all men and women who had served, were serving or would serve in the armed forces of the Unites States. The overall height of the marker when erected is 7 feet 6 inches. The Marker is approximately 41" high x 45" wide [inside plate is 30"x42"]. Made of cast aluminum, it is identical on both sides. With a baked enamel finish, the lettering is raised relief, and the emblem is a modeled relief. The center prismatic star is blue. The color on the polychrome background is a copper center shading to drab olive green, with gold leaf on the letter faces and on the emblem border rings. The octagonal post of aluminum weighs 35 pounds. The Ceres Garden Club is privileged to honor our service men and women with the Blue Star Memorial Marker.