Despite no mention about Harriet Gibbs chairing the dedication of the Third Blue Star Memorial Marker on Friday, October 13, at the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center in the recap, she deserves a tip-of-the-hat for the perfect skies that served as a backdrop for the day’s activities. According to a submitted photo, even City Councilperson Jennifer Gates was on hand to unveil the plaque. Here is a report from the field:
On Friday, October 13, the Air Force did a flyover in honor of Texas’ newest Blue Star Memorial marker located at the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center. This is of significance, as this is the third Blue Star Memorial in Dallas. The marker was unveiled during a dedication ceremony, preceded with remarks from Presbyterian Communities and Services CEO Tim Mallad and Designers and Diggers Garden Study Club President Dana Harkey. The dedication ceremony included an invocation and benediction, patriotic music, flag presentation by the color guard, and the playing of taps.
The marker serves as a living tribute that honors all of the men and women who served, are serving or will serve in the United States Armed Forces. The markers are always paired with plants so that the memorial is a living one. The hope is that it will evoke inspiration and gratitude in those who see it and stop to reflect on the service and sacrifice of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Designers and Diggers Garden Study Club voted that the T. Boone Pickens Center is a perfect location to remember with gratitude and honor those men and women who have protected our country and will continue to do so in the future. Patients, families, staff and those who enjoy walking the lake path will view this marker and be reminded to honor all those who defend our freedom. The T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center is part of Presbyterian Communities and Services, a nonprofit organization. Funds for the Blue Star Memorial Marker were raised by the Diggers and Designers Garden Study Club.
* Photo provided by Presbyterian Communities and Services