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What's That New Medal at Salem City Hall?

This week's You Ask...Patch Answers column is focused a new addition to Salem City Hall.

Every week, we set out to answer a question submitted by one of our readers as part of our You Ask...Patch Answers column.

On Thursday, we received an email from a local resident who was curious about a new medal that has been prominently displayed within City Council Chambers at City Hall.

They asked: I noticed while watching a video you posted of the three Salem firefighters being recognized for their heroism that there is some kind of new medal there in the third-floor meeting room at City Hall. Can you tell me more about it? Thanks!

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The new medal, which can be seen in the photo above, was awarded to the City of Salem during a celebratory ceremony last month. It recognizes the city's recent designation by President Obama as being The Birthplace of the American National Guard.

The medal features an image of a soldier armed with a musket and an inscription reading: First Muster, 13 Dec. 1636, Second Corps Cadets Veterans Association.

At the last meeting of the Salem City Council, council president Jerry Ryan took a moment to applaud the city's designation and to point out the new medal.

If you have a question, not matter how strange it may seem - send it in to us and we will try to track down an answer for you.

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