For the News Tribune
KEYSER - The Knobley Mountain Garden Club is inviting all area veterans to the dedication of a Blue Star Memorial Highway marker on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Boyce-Houser American Legion Post 41, 66 S. Main St.. Keyser.
Garden clubs across the nation have arranged to place monuments honoring all of the veterans who have served our country in all of its wars at various highway locations. The blue star is emblematic of the blue star flags which hung in the windows of families during World War II who had family members serving in the war. The highway marker program specifically intends, however, to recognize veterans of every war or combat deployment involving friends, neighbors and kinfolk.
Locally, the Knobley Mountain Garden Club has chosen a site at the Mineral County Historical Foundation's Stone House (Traveler's Rest) on U.S. Route 50 for their marker, pending approval of the West Virginia Department of Highways.
Members of the garden club thank the Historical Foundation for the donation of the site for the marker.
The Blue Star can be found in all 50 states. At present, there are roughly 2,500 markers in the United States.
In West Virginia, there are currently 75 markers, with more to be dedicated before March 2013.
Tygart Valley, the district of which Knobley Mountain is a member, has 11 Blue Stars.
Quite a few of the markers - including the one to be erected in Mineral County - have been made possible through the generosity of the West Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association.
All area veterans are welcome and encouraged to attend Sunday's dedication.