Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - email@example.com
CLARKSDALE – Patriotic sounds from Coahoma Community College’s Concert Band helped to create the perfect scene Tuesday for the unveiling and dedication of a new marker commemorating local service men and women in downtown Clarksdale.
CCC was the featured band during the special dedication ceremony, hosted at the 3 p.m. outside of Clarksdale’s City Hall. National pride swelled to the tunes of the band as local veterans and their families came out to witness the unveiling of the Blues Star Memorial marker and fellowship over cookies, pastries and hot coffee.
The marker was sponsored by the Clarksdale Garden Club and is part of the tradition of the National Garden Club to honor service men and women. The project initially began as Blue Star Drive in which trees were planted along highways to commemorate the veterans. It was named for the blue star in the service flag that hung in windows of homes and businesses to honor service men and women.
During the event, veterans from as far back as World War II were recognized before the marker was officially revealed and dedicated by Clarksdale Garden Club President Shelley Ritter and Clarksdale Mayor Bill Luckett.
“It’s wonderful that the Clarksdale Garden Club could have this opportunity to beautify our community and also acknowledge the service that these brave men and women have given to our country,” said Ritter.
Ritter said the marker was a yearlong project and that several local community members, businesses and civic groups made financial donations towards it.
“The garden club would like to thank those who made monetary donations as well as the Coahoma Community College Concert Band and everyone participating and attending this dedication ceremony,” she said.
Other Blue Star committee members included: Nell Smith, chair; Sue Anne Hughes; Shauana Myers; Ellen Booth; and Carolyn Davis.
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