Blue Star Memorials

February 2022 TWGC member and state chair of the National Garden Clubs Blue Star Memorial Marker program, Paula Hartman, announced that a new Blue Star Marker will be installed and dedicated later this year at the National Cemetery in New Bern.   Since 1945 Blue Star Memorial Markers are placed in honor of all the Armed Forces the United States of America.  Trent Woods Garden Club will maintain and plant around the marker.  TWGC extends a great deal of thanks to; the New Bern Knights of Columbus, New Bern Elks and Vietnam Wall organizations for their generosity in making this Memorial Marker happen. 
All to see, lest we forget, those who help to keep us free.


As the GCNC State chairperson for the Blue Star Markers, I am announcing the following marker dedications which will take place in our state in 2021 since  there were no dedications in the past year. Please consider attending one or more of these special events honoring our service men and women who have served, are serving and will serve in the US Military.  Did you know that our club has installed two markers one in Trent Woods near the Town Hall and the other Blue Star Highway Marker at Clarks Road Rest Area on Highway 70 East? What a beautiful site entering Craven County! Please contact me if you would like further information.  Thank You, Paula Hartman

The schedule is as follows:

New Hanover Garden Club, Wilmington, NC   May 31

Steel Magnolias Garden Club, Zebulon, NC     June 11

Summerlin Falls Garden Club, NC                      Aug 20

Cape Fear Garden Club, Wilmington, NC         Nov. 11

Modern Gardeners Garden Club, Dobson, NC    Sept 10

Fuquay Varina Garden Club, Fuquay-Varina, NC   TBA

Blue Star December 2020

Trent Woods Garden Club maintains the Blue Star Byway Marker in Trent Woods.  Recently decorated for the holiday season, TWGC volunteers will later  remove the Christmas decor and prepare the beds for spring.  TWGC maintains the Blue Star Byway marker, Cottle Park entrance and Meadows Park bench all year long with different plantings for each season.

An on-going project near and dear to TWGC are the Blue Star Markers. The Blue Star Marker program began in 1945 by the National Garden Clubs to honor the Armed Forces of the USA. The project has grown to include honoring all men and women who have served or are serving here and abroad.  The Blue Star began during World War I. Families of service men and women would post a banner with a Blue Star in remembrance of those in harm’s way. The motto is: All to see, lest we forget, those who help to keep us free.  TWGC has dedicated a byway marker in Trent Woods and a highway marker at the Rest Area on Highway 70 at Clarks Rd. We are proud of our servicemen and women and these markers reflect our continued support of their dedication to the USA.  The Blue Star State Chair is Paula Hartman, President of TWGC.  If you have any questions, please contact her at

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