2019 marks the 90th Anniversary of the Tioronda Garden Club. On this occasion, the garden club is proud to donate and present a Blue Star Memorial Marker to the City of Beacon honoring all Beacon residents who have served and those serving to protect the freedom and safety of this nation.
Armed Forces Day - May 18
The ceremony will take place on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in front of Beacon City Hall, One Municipal Plaza, Route 9D. Denise Van Buren, First Vice-President General of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and a Blue Star Mother, will officiate at the dedication ceremony and unveiling.
The Tioronda Garden Club welcomes and encourages the public to join in this extraordinary event honoring all the brave men and women from Beacon who have served through the decades and those presently serving and will serve to protect and preserve this great nation.
Blue Star Marker Program
The history of the Blue Star Marker program began in 1945 when the National Garden Clubs, (the parent organization), was seeking a suitable means of honoring World War II veterans. In 1951, the program was extended to honor all men and women of service in the Armed Forces of the United States. Rhode Island was the first state to adopt the memorial marker program followed within three years by thirty-two more states. The Blue Star Memorial exists now all across this nation.
The event in Beacon on May 18 marks the first Blue Star Memorial Marker dedicated in Dutchess County. This impressive marker measures 41” high and by 45” wide with an overall height when erected of 7’ 6”. It will be installed by the City of Beacon Highway Department.