Blue Star Memorial dedicated on Main Street in Albion

Contributed Story Posted 18 September 2015 at 12:00 am

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ALBION – Albion village officials last Saturday helped to dedicate a new memorial for veterans of the armed forces.

Mary Anne Braunbach, right, pushed for the Blue Star Memorial through the National Garden Clubs. The memorial is just south of the Main Street canal bridge on the west side of the road in front of PathStone. Braunbach owns the building at 140 North Main St., where PathStone is a tenant.

She is pictured with, from left: Village Trustee Gary Katsanis, Mayor Dean London, Village Trustee Eileen Banker, and Toni Howe, chairwoman of the Blue Star Memorials through the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State.

The Soil, Toil and Thyme Garden Club sponsored the memorial. Braunbach was part of that group for about 20 years. The garden club recently disbanded but laid the groundwork for getting the Blue Star Memorial.

A state grant paid for the marker, and Braunbach paid for the stone. Brigden Memorial in Albion attached the plaque on the stone. The village Department of Public Works set the concrete pad for the stone.