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Blue Star Memorial Sign


On May 19, 2012 Armed Forces Day, the Hondo Garden Club re-dedicated its Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker.  A Beautification Committee appointed by the Mayor of Hondo decided on monuments and landscaping to compliment the project on the Highway 90 Parkway.  

The dedication opened with arrival of dignitaries on a double locomotive provided by Union Pacific Railroad followed by the presentation of the colors, raising the National and Texas flags, and the National Anthem.  District VII Director, Gwen DeWitt, and State Blue Star Chairman, Gail Wilson, removed the drape covering the Blue Star Marker as Lee Taylor finished the dedication speech. The ceremony concluded with the playing of Taps and a "fly-over" by a "B-17" along Highway 90 to the site of the ceremony.  Numerous dignitaries and community leaders were present for the ceremonies as well as members of the Hondo Garden Club and members of the community.

Our appreciation to the local veterans and the Medina Valley ROTC for making this celebration so inspiring!!


The Blue Star Memorial Program honors service men and women. This program began with the planting of 8,000 Dogwood trees by the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs in 1944 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, which covers thousands of miles across the Continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii. A large metal Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker was placed at appropriate locations along the way.