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BLUE STAR MEMORIAL HIGHWAY MARKERS DEDICATED IN VALLEY FORGE

 BLUE STAR MEMORIAL HIGHWAY MARKERS DEDICATED IN VALLEY FORGE
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Following World War II, the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc. designated certain roads as "Blue Star Memorial Highway."
 It was a "memorial to all those who have served or will serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, by planting rows of flowering trees and shrubs along the roadways."
 The Pennsylvania Turnpike, from Carlisle to Irwin, was designated as part of the first transcontinental Blue Star Memorial Highway. The flowering dogwood trees are still evident along this segment of the turnpike. On June 14, 1991, the commission approved expansion of the turnpike segment of the Blue Star Memorial Highway, extending east to Valley Forge.
 At a ceremony on Friday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m., turnpike officials, as well as members of the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc., Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania and the American Legion are expected to attend the dedication of a cast metal marker with a Blue Star inscription at the Valley Forge Service Plaza, two miles west of the Valley Forge Interchange (No. 24).
 Participants in the ceremonies include: John L. Sokol Jr., turnpike executive director; Michael S. Kennedy, deputy executive director/marketing; Joseph F. Chase, commander, Department of Pennsylvania, American Legion; Mrs. James C. Dawson, president, National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc.; Mrs. Walter C. Metzer, state president, Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania; and Neal E. Wood, P.E., retired chairman of the turnpike's Historical and Heritage Committee. The commission formed the Historical and Heritage Committee in 1989, to verify and preserve the history of the turnpike.
 Three other Blue Star Memorial Highway markers have already been placed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. They are located at the Somerset North Service Plaza, the Somerset South Service Plaza, and at the Sideling Hill Service Plaza.
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 /CONTACT: Sally Grant Branca of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, 717-939-9551/ CO: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission ST: Pennsylvania IN: TRN SU:


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