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Dedication of Salem Veterans Memorial set

Jul 17, 2017

SALEM — A dedication for the newly completed Salem Veterans Memorial is set 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the memorial at the corner of Oak and Main streets in Salem, directly across from the community center).

In the event of inclement weather, the dedication will be held in the Salem Community Center.

The keynote speaker will be Pat Coen, superintendent of Burlington Community Schools and retired colonel, National Guard Combat Engineers.

Coen was commander of the 224th Engineer Battalion in Mt. Pleasant. He has been awarded two Army Commendation Medals, multiple combat action badges, Bronze Star and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

The invocation will be provided by Chaplain Mark Hall, a 20-year retired Army chaplain who still works as the Iowa City VA Medical Hospital Chief of Chaplains.

Refreshments will be provided at the Salem Community Center immediately after the dedication.

The Salem Veterans Committee explained the new memorial honors veterans from the community who fought in the Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, the War of 1812, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Panama, Gulf War, Blackhawk War, Desert Storm, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and who served during peacetime.

The Salem Veterans Committee is sponsored by American Legion Post 94 and American Legion Auxiliary of Salem and are a nonprofit 501(c)(19) entity.

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