Blue Star Highway dedicated

Published 2:00 pm Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Tyrrell County Board of Commissioners and the N.C. Department of Transportation invite the public to attend a Blue Star Memorial Highway dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, June 26, at Tyrrell Hall in Columbia.

Allen Moran, who represents northeastern counties on the N.C. Board of Transportation, and others from the NCDOT Division and District offices are scheduled to attend.

Leroy Spivey, chairman of the Tyrrell County Board of Commissioners, invites all armed forces veterans, especially members of American Legion Scuppernong Post 182 and Glynn T. Cahoon VFW Post 10659, to attend and wear service organization head cover.

The public, elected officials, and veterans are invited to attend. The ceremony will be short, and afterwards light refreshments will be served in the conference room of the Tyrrell County Office Building, 106 South Water Street.

Blue Star Memorial Highways are highways in the United States that are marked to pay tribute to the U.S. armed forces.

The National Garden Clubs started the program in 1945 after World War II. The blue star was used on flags displayed in windows of homes to denote a family member fighting in the war.

U.S. Route 64, from the Tennessee state line to Williamston, was approved as a Blue Star Memorial Highway on March 6, 1950. The final section, from Williamston to Nags Head, won approval earlier this year.