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Blue Star Highway

The Blue Star Memorial Highways is more an idea than an single ribbon of highway. In fact, many highways make up the Blue Star Highway. The concept began after World War II to pay tribute to the U. S. armed forces. The National Council of State Garden Clubs, now known as National Garden Clubs, Inc. began the program in 1945. In 1944 the New Jersey State Council of Garden Clubs beautified a 5-1/2-mile section of U.S. 22 from Mountainside to North Plainfield. The blue star had been a symbol during World War II, used on flags and homes of those serving. On January 22, 1945,the New Jersey Legislature approved a Joint Resolution designating Highway 22 as "Blue Star Drive."

The original concept has since been expanded to honor all men and women who have served, are serving, or will serve in the armed services of the United States. Memorial Markers and By-Way markers have been added to the Highway Markers, to be used at other locations such as National cemeteries, parks, veteran's facilities, and gardens.

California Garden Clubs, Inc. joined the program in 1947, when the California Legislature designated Highway 40 (now Route 80) and Highway 99 as Blue Star Highways. Blue Star Highway markers line many interstate highways in the United States.

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