Veteran’s Memorial Project in Salem

Written by Theresa Rose on November 4, 2015

The American Legion Simkin-Pidgeon Post 94 and Salem Women’s Auxiliary are excited to announce plans to build a Veteran’s Memorial in Salem, Iowa. A kick off announcement party is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10th at 6:30 pm at the Salem Community Center. Volunteer pianists will play WWI era music and guests are welcome to join in the sing-a-long festivities. Refreshments will be served during the event.
Gene Stewart provided preliminary research on the Salem East and South cemeteries indicating there are 216 veterans buried in these two cemeteries. Records show the Veterans served in the Blackhawk War, Indian War, War of 1812, Spanish American War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War.
“This project will require support from many, not only those in Salem. We are surrounded by communities that have erected beautiful memorials. We hope to see a great turn out on Tuesday.” Jim Onorato, Post Commander
During the announcement party a visual display of memorials from surrounding communities will be on display. Local citizens are encouraged to sign up for the committee or volunteer for other activities such as fundraising, grant writing and helping with special events. The official committee will begin holding meetings in January 2016.

For more information contact project coordinators, Gene Stewart at 319-385-3050 estewart@iowatelecom.net or Cheri Sanders at 319-470-1039 mommasanders56@gmail.com