In observance of Memorial Day, Crofton Village Garden Club honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military by placing a wreath next to the Blue Star Memorial marker at Crofton Library.
The Blue Star Memorial Program honors all men and women that 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. Over the years, the program extended to By-Way Markers to be used at locations such as national cemeteries, parks, veteran's facilities and gardens.
Crofton Village Garden Club members along with members from Four Rivers Garden Club create patriotic floral arrangements for the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Celebration sponsored by Hospice of the Chesapeake. The event takes place on Friday, March 29th at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Hotel.
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Linda Childs, Project Chair for Operation Christmas, held a workshop at Crofton Library where members filled boxes with goodies to be shipped to a Maryland National Guard Unit stationed in Kuwait. Thank you to CVGC members who gave so generously, to Crofton Library for donating paperback books, to BJ's, Giant Food, and Wegman's for their generous donations and to Mission BBQ who donated koozies and gift cards.
Member Bonnie Pavlak conducted a hands-on workshop at our November meeting where members created 100 patriotic-themed flower arrangements for the veterans who reside at the Loch Raven VA Community Living and Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore. Immediately following the meeting Bonnie, Margo Antonelli and Angela Silverstein traveled to the Center to deliver the arrangements and personally thank our heroes.
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Harriet Kiilehua, Project Chair for Honoring Our Troops – Veterans Day, conducted a hands-on workshop at our November meeting where members created more than 100 patriotic-themed flower arrangements for the veterans who reside at the Loch Raven VA Community Living and Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore. Harriet and her husband, Warren, and members Rena Pogue, Angela Silverstein and Jane McClanahan traveled to the Center to deliver the arrangements and personally thank our heroes.
We also welcomed three new members – Carol Morris, sponsored by Jane McClanahan, Becky Hogan, sponsored by Jane Dillehay and Marie Guyer, sponsored by Nancy Percivall.