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Blue star Memorial PArk

The Blue Star Memorial marker was placed by the Bonne Terre Garden Clubs years ago. This Saturday, the club will host a ceremony in the park honoring veterans.

For the second year in a row, the Bonne Terre Garden Club will host a ceremony honoring veterans this Saturday in Blue Star Memorial Park across from the post office.

Garden Club Vice President Jan Caudle said the club is responsible for the placement of the Blue Star Memorial in Bonne Terre, and has continued honoring veterans with a Veterans Day ceremony.

“The Garden Clubs put the Blue Star memorials in, and we have ceremonies when they are put in,” Caudle said. “The Bonne Terre Garden Club put in the Blue Star Memorial a long, long time ago in our park. That’s why we have our Veterans Day program.”

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m., and Caudle said the lineup should provide a program that focuses on taking time to honor and thank local veterans.

“We include VFW Post 6883, which is here in Bonne Terre,” she said. “They present the colors and their chaplain gives the opening prayer. We’ll be welcomed by City Administrator Shawn Kay and we’ll have the history of Veterans Day given by Bert Williams, who’s the quartermaster of the post.

“Then we introduce the veterans and we have a closing prayer from Brian May. We’ll also have a singer, Mark Farrell, and bagpipes being played by Liz Faries.”

The public is welcome to attend the program and to join in honoring veterans. All veterans are welcome and encouraged to attend.

“It’s just a really special day to honor veterans,” Caudle said. “We wish them all well. We hope they can all come so we can honor them.”

Blue Star memorials are placed all across the nation in parks, cemeteries, on highways and other locations in honor of military service members.

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Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at


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