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POSTED: February 1, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Emily Peterson/

Linda Abbott, director of Garden Club of Georgia, Melinda Anderson, chief magistrate judge of Liberty County, and Winette Almon, co-director of Garden Club of Georgia, unveil the marker in Main Street Park.

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Hinesville received a Blue Star Memorial By-Way Marker on Wednesday (Jan. 16).
The marker, in Main Street Park, was sponsored by the Morning Glory Garden Club of Hinesville and the Oleander District of the State Garden Club of Georgia, in cooperation with the Department of the Army, Fort Stewart and the city of Hinesville. It is a tribute to those who have served in the U.S. armed forces.
"Congratulations to the Morning Glory Garden Club and the city of Hinesville for placement of this marker," said Gloria Mize, chairman of Blue Star Markers for the Oleander District, Garden Club of Georgia.
The marker was unveiled by Linda Abbott, director and Winette Almon, co-director of the Oleander District, Garden Club of Georgia; dedicated by Sara Lanier, president of the Garden Club of Georgia; and accepted by Claudia Thomas, wife of Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas.
"I was pleased with how the program turned out, in spite of the rain," Louise Stewart, a member of the Morning Glory Garden Club, said.
The New Jersey State Council of Garden Clubs originally introduced the Blue Star Memorial Marker Program in 1945 to honor those who had served in World War II. The name originated from the star on the flags that were used in businesses and homes to show that a family member was serving. The markers are placed on highways, in parks, civic areas, historical sites, Veterans' facilities, and national cemeteries.

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