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Star Memorial Garden

 
 
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National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, January 26, 2019
1. Star Memorial Garden Marker
Inscription.  The La Plata Community Garden Club dedicates this garden to all those who restored and rebuilt our town following the devastating tornado on April 28, 2002.

The granite star in the center of the courtyard commemorates the star which stood on this site atop the original water tower until it was destroyed by the tornado.

The brick walkway marks the path of the tornado through the town.

The five benches memorialize those who died in the 2002 tornado and the 13 school children who died in the tornado which struck La Plata on November 9, 1926.

More powerful than the forces of nature in the spirit of the townspeople of La Plata.

Dedicated April 28, 2007
 
Erected 2007 by a Plata Community Garden Club.
 
Location. 38° 31.74′ N, 76° 58.75′ W. Marker is in La Plata, Maryland, in Charles County. Marker is on Firehouse Alley 0.1 miles west of St. Mary's Avenue. Marker and the Star Memorial Garden is located behind the Charles County Board of Elections office at 201 Charles St,
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National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, January 26, 2019
2. Star Memorial Garden Marker
La Plata, MD 20646. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Plata MD 20646, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Christ Church Episcopal (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of those Charles County Citizens who lost their lives at the Pentagon September 11, 2001 (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Durham Church, Episcopal - 1692 (approx. 0.2 miles away); La Plata Train Museum (approx. mile away); Remembrance (approx. mile away); La Plata Elementary School (approx. half a mile away); Charles County World War I Killed in Action Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Charles County Korean War Killed in Action Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Plata.
 
Categories. Disasters
 
La Plata Star Marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, January 26, 2019
3. La Plata Star Marker
La Plata Star Erected December 1949 Destroyed by Tornado April 28, 2002 Rebuilt October 20, 2004 through the generosity of: Mr. & Mrs. Carl R Baldus, Jr., Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Croft, George Kenneth Hayden, Jr., Mr. & Mrs. Fred R. Keith, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph B. Martin, Jr. (In memory of Snorter Martin), Thomas F. Mudd, Mr. & Mrs. David H. Posey, Johnson Crane Services, Inc., La Plata Lions Club, Rotary Club of La Plata, Southern Maryland Electric Coop, Town of La Plata.
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National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, January 26, 2019
4. Star Memorial Garden Benches
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National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, January 26, 2019
5. Star Memorial Garden
Those Who Made This Garden a Reality marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, January 26, 2019
6. Those Who Made This Garden a Reality marker
The La Plata Community Garden Club, The Facchina Group of Companies, LLC, Heritage Green Development, LLC, Town of La Plata, Commissioners of Charles County, Southernwood Building Services, Chaney Foundation, Automatic Rain Lawn Sprinklers, Charles County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Maxi Mulch of Newburg, Ken Dixon Automotive, The Solid Rock Company, Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, District II, Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, PA, American Community Properties Trust (ACPT), Raymond Funeral Service, Rotary Club of Charles County-La Plata. (Logo of Rotary International)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 20, 2019. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 20, 2019. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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