Thursday, December 6, 2007
MISSOURI VALLEY TIMES - NEWS - From small seeds...: "Members of the Loess Hills Garden Club, based in Missouri Valley, have made a donation to the restoration of the Blue Star Memorial Highway marker that will be placed at the I-29 rest area north of Missouri Valley, soon. The circa-1953 marker was originally set along old Highway 75 to commemorate the Blue Star mothers' sons serving in World War II. (Following World War II, the National Council of State Garden Clubs designated certain national roads - including U.S. 75 - as 'Blue Star Memorial Highway,' as a living memorial to 'all those who have served or will serve in the nation's armed forces,' through planting aisles of flowering trees and shrubs.) The marker was commissioned by the Federated Garden Clubs of America, Iowa chapter, and the restoration is being undertaken by veterans of the Eugene Gallop Post No. 9731, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Missouri Valley."