On Monday, November 11, 2019, the Westchester Garden Club, in cooperation with Roanoke Parks and Recreation, dedicated a Blue Star Memorial Marker to the City of Roanoke. Many gathered to see the unveiling of this marker and pay tribute to those who have served and currently serve in the United States Armed Forces.
A Blue Star marker is a visual tribute to all those who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. There are currently 3,209 Blue Star markers placed across all 50 states in recognition of the sacrifices of those who serve in the military. There are a number of them in the Roanoke Valley, and the Westchester Garden Club recommended adding this marker in one of the most prominent areas in the City.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to express our gratitude to all those that serve to keep our country free,” Patty Smith of the Westchester Garden Club stated. “We are pleased to recognize the sacrifices made by our men and women in the Armed Forces.”
The ceremony featured patriotic music by Dr. David Stewart Wiley, Music Director & Conductor of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and RSO Chorus members, tributes to the Armed Forces by Navy Captain Gary Powers and Councilman Bill Bestpitch, and an acceptance speech on behalf of the City by Vice Mayor Joe Cobb.
“We’re honored that Patty came to us to suggest Mill Mountain as the site of this marker,” Stephanie Long, Roanoke Parks and Recreation Marketing Coordinator, said. “It is one of the most popular destinations in the Valley, and now all who visit the Star will also see this beautiful tribute to the Armed Forces.”