SALEM - A shiny new flag pole displaying the American flag now stands in a place of honor near the War Memorial on the Village Green at the corner of State and Lincoln.
"I think it's going to catch a lot of eyes," Salem Memorial and Patriotic Association President Mel Lippiatt said.
The new pole is more visible and he said it's back to where it should have been originally, near the memorial.
"It's to honor our veterans who gave their lives," he said.
The old flag pole that had been near the memorial broke off years ago and a new pole was installed, but it was placed away from the memorial.
The Salem Memorial and Patriotic Association launched a fundraising effort recently for a new flag pole, with more than $4,000 raised and lots of material and labor donated for the project. Lippiatt and the association offered thanks to the many contributors.
He noted the new pole is heavy duty aluminum and came in one piece, 38 1/2 feet long, with 35 feet visible and 3 1/2 feet in the ground.
There's a 4 foot by 6 foot flag on the pole now, but it can handle a flag of 6 foot by 10 foot and withstand winds of up to 120 mph.
Members of the Salem Service Department, at the direction of city Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst, installed the new flag pole, with Chappell and Zimmerman and Home Depot donated material needed for the installation. Salem Police provided traffic control during the installation.
The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce also worked with the association for the placement of the new flag pole, arranging for the light for the new pole. The old pole will be dismantled. Lippiatt also offered thanks to the Salem Beautification Committee for making the War Memorial a place of beauty to honor service men and women.
Monetary contributors thanked for their generosity included: AMVETS Post 45, Bob Evans Restaurant, Bob McClugish, Disabled American Veterans #122, Geoffrey Goll, Hickey Metal Fabrication, Judy Watkins, LCBA Brigade 54, Mayor John Berlin, Ray Greenisen, Salem Area Amateur Radio Association, Salem Computer Center, Salem Giant Eagle, Salem Honor Guard, Salem Hunting Club and Salem Lions Club.
All money received for the project over and above what was needed to purchase the pole and flag will be used to maintain the monument and flag pole and replacement of American flags as needed over the coming years.
Donations for the fund can be sent to: Salem Memorial and Patriotic Association in care of AMVETS Post 45, 750 S. Broadway Ave., Salem, Ohio 44460. Mark the donations "Village Green War Memorial".
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