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Members of the Green Thumb Garden Club and Upson County veterans gather for the dedication of the new Blue Star Memorial Marker, which was unveiled last Friday at Greatest Generation Memorial Park. A wreath in memory of all fallen veterans was also placed at the marker during the ceremony. The Blue Star Memorial Marker program of the National Garden Club, Inc. originally began in 1945 to honor World War II veterans by dedicating highways throughout the nation as Blue Star Highways, but has since been expanded to include all men and women who have served, are serving, or will serve in the armed forces of the United States. The centerpiece of the marker is the blue star, which symbolizes the blue star on the World War II service flag, which hung in many homes of service men and women as a tribute. In the photo are the members of the Green Thumb Garden Club Blue Star Marker Committee: Jan Castleberry, Charlotte Hancock, Sue Davy, Kathy Hightower, and Jane Oxford, and Thomaston Mayor Hays Arnold.