The Brownwood Garden Club will dedicate a Blue Star Memorial marker in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Central Texas Veterans’ Memorial in Brownwood.

The marker will commemorate flowers planted earlier by garden club members at the memorial.

The ceremony will include prelude music by a Howard Payne University ensemble, the presentation of colors by a color guard and speakers.At the end of World War II, National Garden Clubs (called National Council of State Garden Clubs at the time), like other public-spirited groups, sought a suitable means of honoring members of the military.

Garden Club members envisioned a living memorial rather than stone monuments.

While the project began to honor World War II veterans, the mission was enlarged in 1951 to include all men and women who had served, were serving or would serve in the United States armed forces.