New Veterans Memorial To Be Unveiled in Greenwood
The Greenwood Garden Club announced they will dedicate the Blue Star Memorial to the town square on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 at 2.
The memorial was created in 1946 in an effort to honor those who are serving and who have served in the United States Armed Forces, according to Nancy Keisman, the president of the Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs.
“It’s one of our oldest and most revered memorials and projects that we have,” Keisman said. “I’m honored that we’ve been able to bring this to Greenwood.”
The Blue Star Memorial resembles the star in the service flag which is displayed when families have a loved one serving. The flag features one blue star in the middle which represents one person serving. Flags can display up to five stars. If the family member is killed or dies while in service, a golden star is placed on top of the blue star.
“It’s really a beautiful memorial,” Keisman said. “I can’t imagine a more perfect place for it than the square here in Greenwood. It’s just so beautiful, so peaceful out here.”
This memorial, just one way the community is saying ‘thank you’ for everything the Veterans have done.
“It’s all about our Veterans,” said Ivy Owen, the director at Chaffee Crossing. “It’s all about them and what they’ve done by honoring this country. They never get enough recognition. They never get enough ‘thank yous’. And this is a way that we have to say ‘thank you’.”
Chaffee Crossing is also gearing up to celebrate Veterans Day. They will be holding a Veteran’s Day Memorial Parade Saturday, Nov. 3. It kicks off at 11 in the morning.
“We hope this is the beginning of the first of a series of annual parades dedicated to our Veterans,” Owen said. “They don’t get enough recognition as it is.”
Van Buren will also be holding a Veterans Day Parade. That will take place on Monday, Nov. 12 at 6:30.