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Garden clubs dedicate Blue Star Memorial Marker

Garden club members stand near the Blue Star Memorial Marker. | Submitted

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Area garden clubs recently dedicated a Blue Star Memorial Marker in Barrington Hills.
 
A “Blue Star Memorial Marker” was placed at the Barrington Area Civil War Enlistment Site, located at the intersection of Old Sutton and Dundee Roads in Barrington Hills. The Council of Barrington Garden Clubs and the Village of Barrington Hill’s joint application was accepted for the marker by the National Garden Clubs and installed in October. The program was established as a way to pay tribute to "All who have served, are serving and will serve."
 
The event took place at 1 p.m. on Memorial Day, we dedicated the newly installed Blue Star Memorial Marker. The marker honors the residents in the area whom enlisted to serve the Union Army during the Civil War at the site.

"The really neat part is the historical connection that the ceremony had. At the site there is a plaque that was dedicated exactly 80 years ago on Memorial Day honoring the 91 persons that enlisted at the site. We very closely followed that original program from 1933! We found the program as printed in the Barrington Courier Review in 1933 on microfilm in the Barrington Area Libraries Archive." -- Bob Kosin Barrington Hills Village Administration.
 
While the rain forced us inside for the bulk of the program nearly all in attendance made the trek, in the drizzle, to the Blue Star Marker. All watched as members of the Council of Barrington Garden Clubs, CBGC President Virginia Everist, President Martin McLaughlin, and Jim Zingales of the Barrington History Museum unveiled the Blue Star Memorial Marker. This is truly a group effort and all involved deserve great applause.
 
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