Sunday, January 10, 2021

 Gold Star Memorial 
Marker Dedication

Saturday, 9 January 2021

Honoring With Grateful Hearts

The Families of the Fallen


Tifton, Georgia 

at the

 Veterans Memorial Park

This event was Sponsored by:

The Council of Garden Clubs

of Tifton, Georgia, Inc.

which includes the Camellia, Magnolia and Trillium

Garden Clubs

Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs, Inc.

Tifton Downtown Development Authority

The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.

The Gold Star Memorial Marker 

awaiting the Dedication

Part of the Veterans Memorial Park

The Blue Star Memorial By-Way

Marker, also at the Memorial Park

The After Dedication Reception

The Welcome was given by Jan Thiese

Director Camelia District, The Garden Glub of Georgia, Inc.

and Chairman of the Blue Star/Gold Star Memorial Marker

for Georgia

The President of the

Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. Barbara Bourque


Greetings on behalf of the State.

Sandra Holland - President of the Georgia Federation of
Women's Clubs, Inc. estended Greetings.

Connie Ewing - President of
The Council of Garden Clubs
of Tifton, Inc.

The Invocation was by Dr. Wayne Roe, Senior
Pastor, First Baptist, Tifton.

He is shown here holding a book wich contains the 
Histories of over 100 Heroes from Tift County
and the Surrounding Area who Have Served
our U.S.A.

The Presentaton of Colors was performed by the 
Tift County High School
Junior ROTC Honor Guard.
These Scholars ar let by CMSgt, USAF, Ret.
Joseph Stratil

The Program Included the Pledge of Allegiance and 

The National Anthem wich was led by

Dr. Patrick Bennett, Director of Music Ministry,

First United Methodist, Tifton

The entire Assembly Sang "God Bless the USA" 

The History of the Gold Star Memorial Marker was 
presented by Gail Gibson. President of
Camellia Garden
Club, Tifton
Geni MCook, President of the Georgia Federation 
Women's Club, Tifton Conducted the Dedication of the Marker.

The Gold Star Marker was unveiled by
Gail Gibson and Genie McCook.
During the History of the Gold Star Marker we
were informed that Ms. McCook is the Daughter of a
World War Hero and that she is a Member of the Gold Star
Family which this Marker Honors

The Marker was accepted by Jack Stone who
stored the Marker at this Business until it could be installed.
Mr. Stone is a U. S. Army Veteran.
This picture was taken prior to the Dedication!

As the Dedication Concluded a Tribute of Flowers
was placed by Sandra Spearman and Sara Hanchey

was performed by Ron Griffin

It was a cold, but an emotional event as this, the Fifth Gold Star Memorial in the State 
of Georgia was Dedicated.

Friday, November 13, 2020


Blue Star Memorial 

Highway Marker


11 November 2020

Veterans Day

conducted by

The Seedling Garden 


Swainsboro, Georgia

The first series of this Blog will feature the individuals who were a part of this Special Event:

Betsy Johnson who sang the National Anthem.

Rev. Unkles delivering the Invocation.
He also delivered the Benediction.

Kay Peacock Introduced the Mayor of

Mayor Charles Schwabe Welcomed
everyone to the Rededication.

Boy Scout Troop 75 Presented the Colors
and also led the Flag Pledge.

Diana Malone, the Oleander District Director,
 Introduced the Guest.

Barbara Bourque, President of the Garden Club 
of Georgia delivered Greetings on 
behalf of the Garden Club of Georgia Members.

The State Chairman, Janice Thiese, for the Blue Star
 and the Gold Star 
Programs for Georgia presented the History
of the Blue Star Markers.

The State Chairman of the Georgia Blue
Star Marker Program presents 
Lucille Braswell, President of The
Seedling Garden Club a
Certificate of Appreciation for
the Restoration of the Blue Star 
Memorial Highway Marker and the 
efforts expended for this Rededication.

Hilda Rushing, the Oleander District Chair
Blue Star/Gold Star Markers
gave a History of the Marker
which was first placed in the Swainsboro Area 
in 1957.

The Unveiling of the Marker.

The Marker was accepted by
Lucille Braswell,
The Seedling Garden Club
The program concluded with Special Thanks by Kay Peacock and the Benediction by Rev. Unkles and a unique Tribute to All Who Have Served, Are Serving or Will Serve our United States of America in the Military by The Brier Creek Militia and The Brier Creek Artillery, Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution!

TAPS was played by
Bill Sasser

The following pictures feature
group photos of the many 
organizations who participated!


Boy Scout Troop 75

The Nine Members of The Brier Creek Militia 
 The Brier Creek Artillery

Members of the Garden Club of Georgia!

The Final Views!!  
An Appropriate 
Rededication on
Veterans Day
11 November 2020
Swainsboro, Georgia