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Erie County sets up Blue Star Memorial at Chestnut Ridge Park

A Blue Star Memorial Marker to honor all who have served in the Armed Forces has been placed in Chestnut Ridge Park, an Erie County owned facility in Orchard Park.

The Blue Star Marker was officially dedicated on Wednesday during a patriotic program coordinated by the South Town Gardeners, veterans from various branches of the military and local public officials.

“It is important that we never forget the sacrifices made by our veterans because it is through their efforts we are able to enjoy the many freedoms that exist today,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.

The dedication of the marker establishes a destination for those who want to pay their respects and show appreciation to all past, present and future members of the U.S. military.

The Blue Star Memorial Marker, which was funded by the South Town Gardeners, was placed at the Flagpole Garden near the Chestnut Ridge Park casino. The National Garden Clubs began the Blue Star Memorial Marker Program in 1945 to honor those who had served in the Arm Forces during World War II.