From left are Bloomfield Garden Club member Jeanne Shay, Hammond Lumber employee Stephen Roderick, Hammond Lumber Skowhegan manager Steve St. Pierre and Bloomfield Garden Club member Debra Burnham. Contributed photo

SKOWHEGAN — The town’s Blue Star Marker, dedicated in honor members of all military branches, was reinstalled April 7 by community volunteers Melvin Burnham, David McDermott, Jason Frost and Ron Wilbur.

In 2016, the Bloomfield Garden Club raised funds for this marker, located at the Kennebec Banks rest area on U.S. Route 2 east of Skowhegan. Because the finish on the marker deteriorated, it had to be shipped back to the company in Ohio for refinishing. Steve St. Pierre, manager of Skowhegan Hammond Lumber Company, arranged for proper crating as well as shipping and receiving the marker for the club.

Blue Star Markers honor all servicemen and women who have served or are presently serving in the military. They are placed throughout the country by organizations affiliated with the National Garden Club Federation since World War II.

In gratitude for their assistance, the club presented St. Pierre and Stephen Roderick, also of Skowhegan Hammond, a floral arrangement and a luncheon gift card.

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