Vets Finding Vets: Blue Star Memorial Garden Part I

On May 20, the Fenton History Center began its second summer as a Blue Star Museum. This means that serving service members and their families are not charged admission when they visit between May 20 – Armed Services Day and Sept. 4 – Labor Day. If the service member is deployed or serving elsewhere, his or her family is still welcome to visit us as our guests.

Excitement abounds as we have been working with several entities on our new project, the Blue Star Memorial Garden. Master Gardeners, our local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers, the City Parks Department, staff and volunteers are working together in preparation for digging in and creating our one-of-a-kind Blue Star Memorial Garden. Ours will be different because we are incorporating existing memorial plaques regarding three organizations who held their meetings here after the City of Jamestown purchased the Fenton Home and grounds in 1919, to be a Soldier and Sailor Memorial Park.

I’m sure you will all remember the huge recycling project when we diligently collected plastic for a heavy duty weather resistant bench. We are looking forward to adding that bench to the garden as a place to relax and reflect. Also being added as seating areas for young whippersnappers are the stone steps that were at one time used for entrance to the building.

Stay tuned and next month we will show you how it all came together! In the meantime, please help us get the word out to the Blue Star families that you know, whether they live here or far away. This is how we show our appreciation to the many service families who are traveling during the summer.

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