The Blue Star Memorial Program honors men and women that serve in the United States Armed Services with large metal markers across the United States.
There are 54 markers in North Carolina, including 19 at rest areas and welcome centers. In 1978, garden clubs in North Carolina could request approval by NCDOT to put up Blue Star Markers.
Nationally, the Blue Star Memorial Program began in 1944 with the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs planting 8,000 dogwood trees dedicated to World War II veterans. The following year, the National Council of State Garden Clubs adopted the program – named for the blue star in the service flag, which hung in windows of homes and businesses to honor service men and women.
Over the years, the program extended to highway markers and began to recognize all men and women who had served in the U.S. military.
Blue Star Memorial Locations