Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker

Started in 1945 after World War II, Blue Star Memorial Highways are highways in the United States that are marked to pay tribute to the U.S. armed forces. The blue star was used on service flags to denote a service member fighting in the war. The program has since been expanded to include Memorial Markers and Memorial By-Ways. These markers are used in National Cemeteries, parks, veteran facilities, and gardens.

Columbia Garden Club maintains a marker on Highway #1 (Two Notch Road) near Sesquicentennial State park.  Members plant and care for flowers to beautify the marker.

Additionally, Columbia Garden Club donates annually to the Garden Club of South Carolina to care for “orphaned” markers.