Saturday, July 9 at 1 p.m. — RUTLAND — The Rutland Garden Club invites the public to attend the rededication of the General Leonard F. Wing Blue Star Memorial marker on Saturday, July 9 at 1 p.m. on Route 4, at the corner of Woodstock and Harrington Ave., in Rutland.
The Blue Star Highway was achieved through petitions to the state legislatures in cooperation with the departments of transportation. This program grew to extend thousands of miles across the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii. In Vermont Route 4 between Fair Haven and White River Junction is designated as the Blue Star Memorial Highway. The marker was erected in 1947 as a tribute to the armed forces that have defended the United States of America. After the dedication the care of the Route 4 Rutland Blue Star garden and marker was taken over by the federal Garden Club of Vermont and the Rutland Garden Club.
While the program originally began to honor World War II veterans, it enlarged its mission in 1951 to include all men and women who had served or would serve in the Armed Forces of the United States. It is a true living tribute.