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Blue Star Memorial Highway
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Blue Star Memorial Highway

     Blue Star Memorial highways are designated as perpetual tributes to the "Armed Forces of the United States of America". All honor is due them, who defend us from aggression, and help preserve our freedom.
 
     The name is taken from the Blue Star of the service flag. The design of the official marker in bronze was a gift of Mrs. Fredericks R. Kellogg, Honorary Life President of NGC, Inc., now deceased.
     It is suggested that large markers be used at state lines and small markers for group plantings in roadside parks, rest areas or scenic turnouts.
     Blue Star Memorials should be simple and dignified to serve as a lasting remembrance and "living memorial" of a grateful nation.

     In Oklahoma, U.S. Highway 77 and a strip of U.S. 270 have been designated as Blue Star Highways, with markers at Chilocco, Ponca City, Ardmore, Lexington, Norman, Oklahoma City and Fort Suply. A total of 220 miles have been memorialized. The state program encourages the establishment of more Blue Star Memorial areas.
 
       Those wishing to establish a marker may contact their Highway Department to have the site designated, and set the marker with the appropriate ceremony.

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PROCEDURE FOR ORDERING
IMPORTANT:  No marker may bear a single person's name.  These markers are designed to pay tirbute to the
ARMED FORCES AS A WHOLE.
 
  1. State, District, or local garden club votes to have a Blue Star Memorial Marker.  The type of marker is selected.  An appropriate location is selected.
  2. Contact State Blue Star Memorial Chairman for forms and instructions.
  3. Contact authority responsible for location (i.e. Highway Department, city government) for permission.  If a club wishes to have a highway dedicated as a BLUE STAR MEMORIAL HIGHWAY, it must apply to the state legislature.
  4. Decide who will mount the marker, pay for construction and maintain the immediate area.  It is recommended that garden clubs not assume complete maintenance.
  5. Clubs may solicit other organizations interested in civic development to help finance, plant and maintain the surrounding garden.  Titles of other organizations may be on the marker under "incooperation with", but the sponsoring group must be an NGC state, district or local garden club.
  6. To purchase the desired marker the club fills out the order form in triplicate.  The words 'SPONSORED BY' and "INCOOPERATION WITH" appear in uppercase lettering on the Highway and Memorial marker.  For all markers, names of sponsoring clubs should be clearly printed or typed, using upper and lower case letttering. 
  7. The completed order form in triplicate, with a check for the purchase price made out to Sewah Studios, is sent to the State Blue Star Chairman, who will obtain a dated signature from the State President.  The State Chairman will then sign and date the order form and send in on to the National Garden Club chairman, who will approve the order and mail it with the check to Sewah Studios foor manufacturing.   PLEASE ALLOW TWO MONTHS FOR DELIVERY OF MARKER AFTER RECEIPT BY SEWAH STUDIOS.