FRANKLIN — A goodly throng of 100 veterans, active duty personnel, officials and townspeople attended the June 14 dedication of the new Blue Star Memorial marker at Galamander Park.
The Franklin Garden Club sponsored the installation of the marker, a memorial to the service and sacrifice of military members and their families. Garden Club member Susan Levy initiated the project last year. Her father, Murray Weisbrod, was an infantryman who served in Normandy and in Germany during World War II. Her brother-in-law, Harry Levy, served in Vietnam. Her appreciation for their service helped inspire her to take on the Blue Star project.
Navy and Army honor guards, as well an Ellsworth veterans honor guard, presented the colors. After the Pledge of Allegiance, national anthem and an invocation, several speakers came forward to address the guests gathered outdoors. State Sen. Brian Langley read a legislative proclamation. Wreaths Across America presented a wreath that was laid at the marker by Levy, the president of the Franklin Historical Society and a Wreaths Across America representative.
The event included military tributes by Navy and Marine officers, patriotic songs, “Taps,” a rifle salute and music.
Permanent pavers honoring service personnel will be set at the park. The cost is $25. Information: Susan Levy, 565-3335.