The Lancaster Garden Club and the Town of Lancaster dedicated a National Garden Clubs Blue Star Memorial By-way Marker in the Memorial Garden in Westwood Park, Lancaster, on June 3. The marker is in honor of all past, present and future servicemen and servicewomen from all service branches. This is the first Blue Star Memorial By-Way Marker located in a town in Erie County.
The dedication was coordinated by Dorothy Julius of the Lancaster Garden Club with Bob Giza, Town of Lancaster supervisor, and Terry McCracken, Department of Parks and Recreation Supervisor.
Lancaster Garden Club President Debbie Braun and Supervisor Giza placed a memorial wreath by the marker. The event was also attended by Adrienne Pasquariello, Federated Garden Clubs of NYS (FGCNYS) District VIII director; Marcia Becker, FGCNYS District VIII second assistant director; Judy Tucholski-Zon, past FGCNYS District VIII director; Elaine DiPietro, past FGCNYS president and current Central Atlantic Region Blue Star Memorial Program chairperson; Mark Aquino and Donna Stempniak, town councilpersons; Air Force veteran James Brennan, who wore his uniform, and members of the Lancaster Garden Club.
The Blue Star program was started after World War II to honor men and women who fought during the war. Over the years it has been expanded to include all servicepersons during times or war or peace.