"Blue Star Memorial Highway" Lake Bluff Transportation Tip by deecat

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  Blue Star Memorial Highway
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      Blue Star Memorial Highway
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  • Garden & Sign for Blue Star Memorial Highway - Lake Bluff
      Garden & Sign for Blue Star Memorial Highway
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While perusing Lake Bluff, I decided to check out the railroad depot, and in front of the station, I noticed a sign [see photo #1] about Blue Star Memorial Highway. This highway is SHERIDAN ROAD, and it leads toward the Naval Base in North Chicago.

Blue Star Memorial Highways were started after World War II to pay tribute to the nation's armed forces by designating certain State Highways, US Highways, and Interstate Highways. By 1945, the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc. started the Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker program. The plaque that you see in the first photo is such a plaque.

Like all of the plaques, this one reads, "Blue Star Memorial Highway-A tribute to the Armed Forces that have defended the United States of America".

The Blue Star was taken from the blue star in the service banner that was used in World War II on flags and homes of families that had a son/daughter in the service.

The Garden Clubs decided to help "beautify and preserve the country the men/women had fought for rather than to build stone monuments". [See Photo #2]

This one in Lake Bluff stands next to SHERIDAN ROAD and among flowers and grasses; there is also a resting bench.

I learned that there are more than 70,000 miles of highway designated as Blue Star Memorial Highways. Since we are in a war now, many of these memorials are being re-dedicated and new memorials are being errected.

I'm glad that I "stumbled" up this marker, which made me want to discover its origin and deeper meaning.

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Type: Car/Motor Home

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  • Updated Sep 19, 2007
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