Baldwinsville: Blue Star occasion

This Saturday will culminate months of work for the Baldwinsville Garden Club and numerous volunteers.

Earlier this year, the club asked permission to install a Blue Star Memorial Marker at Canal Park in Baldwinsville. The Blue Star Memorial honors the service men and women, past and present, of our United States Armed Forces. The club also wanted to include a millstone in the memorial to incorporate Baldwinsville's paper mill history.

"It's been a busy couple of weeks for the Baldwinsville Garden Club's Blue Star Memorial Project," said Kay Ptak, a member of the group.

According to Ptak, many contributed and volunteered their time to make the project possible. Zach Rowland and his troop (Troop 107) erected a circular wall for the Blue Star Memorial Marker as an Eagle Scout project. Timber Tree Service volunteered equipment and labor to move the millstone into its new home. The millstone was originally found upstream in the Seneca River and transported to Canal Park earlier this year by volunteers. Jeff King then built the foundation for the plaque, which will be put in place by Bruce Barnes of Barnes Monuments.

"With just a few final touches to be done, the Garden Club's members are looking forward to the dedication ceremony," Ptak said.

The Blue Star Memorial Marker dedication ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on Veteran's Day, this Saturday Nov. 11 at Canal Park on Marble Street in the village of Baldwinsville. All are welcome to commemorate our veterans during the dedication.

According to gardencentral.org, the Blue Star Memorial Marker Program of the National Garden Clubs began in 1945 to honor the men and women serving in the armed forces during World War II. The name was chosen for the star on flags displayed in homes and businesses denoting a family member serving.

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