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Fairfield to honor Veterans Day Saturday

Nov 07, 2017

In honor of all military veterans as well as those who presently serve, Fairfield’s American Legion Post 47 will sponsor its annual Veterans Day program Saturday, with the flying of the Avenue of Flags occurring the day before.

The program will begin at 10 a.m. in the Fairfield High School auditorium. Doors open to the public at 9:15 a.m. Front row seating is reserved for veterans and their families.

Sgt. 1st Class (Retired) James T. Salts will be the master of ceremonies and guest speaker for the event. The Rev. Christopher Fiske from the Word of Life Lutheran Church will give the invocation and benediction. In addition, the Rev. Fiske is a captain in the Iowa Army National Guard and is the chaplain for the 224th Brigade Engineer Battalion.

Emily (Roth) McIntyre will sing the National Anthem accompanied by the 34th Army Band Ceremonial Brass Group, who will also play a selection of patriotic music.

FHS senior Kristen Daugherty will share her experience as an attendee at the 2017 Girls State program at Iowa State University. Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, and focuses on instilling leadership and interpersonal skills in high school students.

Weather permitting, the Avenue of the Flags is scheduled for Friday morning. Volunteers are needed to post more than 500 flags in Central Park.

Volunteers should meet at Central Park at 7:30 a.m. Volunteers will be served a free breakfast at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2271 building on Broadway Avenue after the flags are posted. Volunteers will meet again at 1 p.m. Sunday to take the flags down. (Note: This paragraph has been modified from its original version to reflect new information)

The Elks Lodge No. 1192 is sponsoring a veterans soup and salad bar for all veterans to thank them for their service from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday. Free will donations will be accepted for guests/non-veterans. Reservations are appreciated but not required. An elevator is available to assist those unable to climb stairs.

For more information about the soup and salad bar, contact the Elks Lodge at 472-2171, Jim Kennedy at 472-2444 or Kim Winslow at 919-7555.

Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store is also hosting a Veterans Day breakfast for all veterans Saturday morning.


Salts’s background

Salts graduated from Fairfield High School with the class of 1965 and enlisted in the U.S. Army on the delayed entry program. He entered active duty in January 1967. He attended basic training in postal operations at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, then transferred to Fort Benning, Georgia.

In August of 1968, he was transferred to South Vietnam and served there for 13 months as a non-commissioned officer in charge of the postal unit in Hue, South Vietnam. He returned to the United States in September 1969 and ended his active duty at Fort Lewis, Washington, on his 22nd birthday.

Salts used the G.I. Bill to attend Indian Hills Community College and graduated from there in 1972 with an AA degree in electronic technology. He worked in that field for five years at Schaefer’s Music Box in Fairfield as a service technician. He joined the Iowa Army National Guard’s HHC 224th Engineer Battalion in 1976, and was hired fulltime as the administrative supply technician in the fall of 1977.

He later served as the battalion personnel sergeant and was deployed with the unit in January 1991 to Germany in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He retired in September 2002 after completing 24 years of active duty. He has served on the Iowa Army National Guard Honors Team and has presented numerous flags to family members at funerals. He serves as the president of the Fairfield Army Corporation, is a member of the Maasdam Barn Preservation committee, and currently works part time at a local funeral home.

Salts has been married to his wife Joan for 47 years. They have one son, Joel, and five grandchildren who live in Manhattan, Kansas.


Comments (2)
Posted by: Glen Joseph Peiffer | Nov 07, 2017 22:49

The Importance of History


The Battle of New Orleans was remarkable for both its brevity and lopsided lethality. In the space of twenty-five minutes, the British lost 700 killed, 1400 wounded, and 500 prisoners, a total loss of 2600 men; American losses were only seven killed and six wounded.[58][59] Adjutant-general Robert Butler, in his official report to General Jackson a few days after the battle of the 8th, placed the losses of the British at 700 killed, 1400 wounded, and 500 prisoners – the total of 2600 casualties was almost one third the entire number the enemy admitted to have taken part in the contest of the day. After the battle was over, around 500 British soldiers who had pretended to be dead rose up and surrendered to the Americans. One bugle boy climbed a tree within 200 yards of the American line and played throughout the battle, with projectiles passing close to him. He was captured after the battle and considered a hero by the Americans.


Victory attributed to a miracle

Mosaic of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Old Ursulines Convent complex, French Quarter, New Orleans

With the Americans outnumbered it seemed as though the city of New Orleans was in danger of being captured. Consequently, the Ursuline nuns along with many faithful people of New Orleans gathered in the Ursuline Convent's chapel before the statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. They spent the night before the battle praying and crying before the holy statue, begging for the Virgin Mary's intercession.

On the morning of January 8, the Very Rev. William Dubourg, Vicar General, offered Mass at the altar on which the statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor had been placed. The Prioress of the Ursuline convent, Mother Ste. Marie Olivier de Vezin, made a vow to have a Mass of Thanksgiving sung annually should the American forces win. At the very moment of communion, a courier ran into the chapel to inform all those present that the British had been defeated.

General Jackson went to the convent himself to thank the nuns for their prayers: "By the blessing of heaven, directing the valor of the troops under my command, one of the most brilliant victories in the annals of war was obtained." The vow made by Mother Ste. Marie has been faithfully kept throughout the years.





Posted by: Glen Joseph Peiffer | Nov 07, 2017 22:51
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