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Salem High School To Honor Local Veterans

Local veterans will be honored with medals as part of the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Salem High School on Friday.

Original wartime service medals were given to returning soldiers after World War I as a symbol of gratitude and appreciation from the citizens of Salem.

The ceremony continues to this day.

"The medal was first presented to returning Doughboys from Salem after WWI and last Veterans Day ; we had 55 show up," Post Commander Kim Emerling recalls.

The City of Salem and the  will honor local veterans during the annual Veterans Day ceremony on Friday at . Vietnam War veterans and any remaining WWII and Korean War veterans will be recognized by the citizens of Salem.

To date, 130 medals have been presented to Salem veterans.

Emerling says "as the guy that just puts the list together, I get to hear quit a few great war stories. These men and women carry on the city's great military history that started back in 1626 when the muster was held on Salem Common."

The ceremony will be held on this Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Salem High School Auditorium. 

Melanie McKinnon November 10, 2011 at 03:25 PM
This is a great honor to all of our Salem Veterans. I am excited to go watch my dad, Thomas J. McKinnon, Jr. be honored for the first time since returning from Vietnam. He has made his family proud and is a stand up guy. Thank you to my dad and all the other Veterans for protecting our country. You are all true heros! Melanie McKinnon
Aubry Bracco November 10, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Thanks for writing, Melanie. We'll be there, and be sure to say hello, we'd love to snap a photo. Thank you to your father for his service.
scott November 10, 2011 at 04:56 PM
So, we're talking well over 20-30years that these Veterans haven't been Thanked? God Bless each and everyone of you for your dedication to this Great Country! You will all be comended each year at my dinner table on Thanksgiving, Thank You May we NOT forget to Thank the 35% of Homeless Veteran in this country!
William Legault November 11, 2011 at 07:42 PM
Melanie email me at palfray10@gmail.com and I will forward some photo's of your Uncle from the ceremony.

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