PUTNAM – The Putnam County seat’s Blue Star By-Way Marker dedicated last fall as a tribute to the U.S. Armed Services was adorned in the red, white and blue, the colors of freedom, Friday by members of the Brewster-Carmel Garden Club and District Attorney Robert Tendy.
The Blue Star Memorial Marker Project was started by National Garden Club members following World War II. Instead of building stone monuments in honor of those who served, members decided to memorialize vets by helping to beautify and preserve the country for which the brave men and woman fought.
The project was named for the Blue Star in the service flag which hung in the windows of homes and businesses to honor service men and women.
Trina Hiemcke, chairwoman of the Blue Star Committee, said the local garden club had initially erected a marker in Brewster. “One of our main projects for 2018 was to place a marker in Carmel, our county seat well. Thanks to District Attorney Tendy who donated $500 for the cost of the marker and the county for locating a suitable rock to which the plaque has been attached, the Blue Star Memorial By-Way marker has become a part of our community.”
Tendy thanked the Garden Club members for inviting him to participate in the decorating of the marker. “I decided to write my check commemorating Putnam’s veterans because it was the right thing to do. The markers are wonderful gestures for our veterans. Vets do so much all the time as do garden clubs.”
The marker is located at the intersection of Routes 52 and 301 in front of the County Office Building.