The Clarkstown Garden Club took on the initiative to bring the Blue Star Memorial to Rockland to honor America’s Armed Service men and women as part of their involvement with the Federation of Garden Clubs. The new Congers Lake Park was chosen as the location to present a tribute to our Armed Forces as it allows all to come and view the memorial.

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at Congers Park, near the Pavilion, on Tuesday, August 23 at 10 a.m.

Attendees for the groundbreaking are:

George Hoehmann, Supervisor of the Town of Clarkstown

JoAnne Pedersen, C.P.R.P., Superintendent of Recreation

Camille LiPuma, Past President of the Clarkstown Garden Club

The Blue Star Memorial Program honors all men and women that serve in the United States Armed Services. The program began in 1944 as a living memorial to veterans of World War II. In 1945, the National Council of State Garden Clubs adopted this program and began a Blue Star Highway system that covers thousand of miles across the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii. Today the program has expanded to include all men and women who had served, were serving or would serve in the armed services of the United States. Memorial markers were added to the Highway markers, to be used at locations such as National cemeteries, parks, veteran’s facilities and gardens.

For further information, contact Carol Predtechenskis at 845-638-1945 or email at

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