State Veteran's Memorial Rose Garden Missoula, MT
On 12 November 1944, six Missoula members of the American Rose Society suggested that a Missoula park be commemorated as a site which would perpetuate the memory of members of the armed forces, from Missoula County, killed in WW II. That park would be named Missoula Rose Memorial Park.
Civic activists C E Simons and Glen Smith gathered donations from throughout Montana to establish the park. The first planting of rose bushes began in 1946. Further, the park borders a Blue Star Memorial Highway, part of a nationwide highway network started by the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc. in 1945 to pay tribute to the armed forces that have defended the United States of America.
The park has since become the site for memorials dedicated to the memory of veterans and casualties of America's twentieth century conflicts including Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf and now Korea.
In April 1999, Governor Marc Racicot signed Senate Bill 352 which designated the Missoula Memorial Rose Garden as a "State Veteran's Memorial Rose Garden" and the Korean War Memorial as a "State Korean War Memorial" Both will be shown on official Montana State Highway maps.