Dedication held for new Blue Star Marker in Rome

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - A dedication ceremony took place in Rome for a new marker honoring the troops, Monday.
The ceremony was to dedicate a new Blue Star Marker that recognizes members who have served in each branch of the military.
The marker was put together by the Fort Stanwix Garden Club, and represents the Blue Star Banner, something that has been a fixture of American society for nearly a century.
"It started in 1917 by a fellow named Robert Kessler, who got the idea to develop the banner, to let people know that there was someone from the house in service," said Ellen Webster, President of the Ft. Stanwix Garden Club. "It is displayed in the front window of their home, it primarily got its start in WWI and then in WWII."

The marker honors those who have served, are currently serving, and who will serve in the armed forces in the future. 

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