Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home & Cremation Center, in partnership with the Orange Heart Medal Foundation, TN Federation of Garden Clubs and the city of Springfield, will dedicate the Gold Star Family Memorial on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 11:00 a.m. at 4005 Memorial Blvd. in Springfield.
This Memorial will be placed at the Orange Heart Memorial and the main entrance of Springfield Memorial Gardens.
The program will include several guests from Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, musical tributes by Anna Marie, Darrell Honeycutt, Steve Williams and Operation Song, along with inspiration from TN State Rep. Sabi “Doc” Kumar and Keynote from Major General Tommy Baker, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs. The Robertson County JROTC will present the colors and the Robertson County Honor Guard will play “Taps” and present the rifle salute.
The Blue & Gold Star Memorials Program honors all men and women who serve in the United States Armed Services. This program began with the planting of 8,000 Dogwood trees by the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs in 1944 as a living memorial to veterans of World War II. In 1945, the National Council of State Garden Clubs adopted this program and began a Blue Star Highway system that covers thousands of miles across the Continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. A large metal Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker was placed at appropriate locations along the way.
Since World War I, a Blue Star Banner displayed in the front window of a home told others that a family member was serving in the Armed Forces. Also known as the Service Flag, the blue stands for hope and pride. On Oct. 17, 1943, Congress authorized this flag that was approved as an official design. Although the service flags virtually vanished during the Korean and Vietnam wars, they appeared again during the Persian Gulf War in 1991, the Iraq War and the War on Terror.
When service members lost their lives, the blue star was replaced with a gold one representing the sacrifice. For more than 70 years, the garden clubs have conducted the Blue Star Memorial Program to recognize the heroes who have served in America’s Armed Forces. In 2016, National Garden Clubs enacted the Gold Star Families Memorial Marker Program, as an adjunct program to the National Garden Club Blue Star Memorial Markers Program.
The tribute was erected at the Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home & Cremation Center front entrance on November 11, 2020. This memorial includes names of Vietnam Veterans from all 50 states and is currently in the process of developing the second phase. Vietnam Veterans (living or deceased) are eligible to have their name added to the cenotaph. If a Veteran has lost their battle with Agent Orange, an orange heart will be placed next to their name. The Orange Heart Foundation is currently accepting applications to add veteran’s names to the wall with a $150 donation. To request more information or to find out how to get a name added to the memorial, visit www.orangeheartmedal.org.