Distinguished veterans of America’s previous wars have the honor of leading Salem’s Memorial Day parade as citizens who pay homage to them follow with banners held high on a sunny spring day along Main Street.
On a very hot and windy day, Salem celebrated Memorial Day at Victory Park. The parade started at Salem High School down to the gazebo, followed by the Salem Fire Department showing off its engines. To a crowd that cuddled under the shade trees, opening remarks were made by Robert A. Castrione , president of the Salem Veterans Association. The Salem High School Band, under the direction of Marty Caussen, played the national anthem, followed by an opening prayer by Hubert O’Hearn, association chaplain. After Castricone recited the pledge to the flag, the Woodbury School Band played “Armed Forces Medley.” The prisoner of war ceremony was conducted by the American Legion and Ernest W. Young Post 63. All commanders and presidents, as well as state, county and town officials were introduced. Emrico Casaletto of the American Legion, introduced veterans and patriotic groups. Patrick Hargreaves introduced Boy, Girl and Cub scouts. The Salem High School Chorus under Ellen Bosch sang “America the Beautiful” followed by Milton Walsh’s reading of names added to memorial monuments. Castricone introduced the guest speaker, Benjamin Adams of the Salem High staff, the state’s 2007 teacher of the year, who spoke about Ground Zero and how it relates to teaching. The Salem High Chorus then sang “Patriotic Song.” A distinguished service award was presented followed by a roll call of Salem’s veterans who died in the past year accompanied by drum roll and gun salute. “Taps” was played by Salem High buglers, followed by the order to arms and closing prayer.
The public was invited to proceed to Pine Grove Cemetery for an additional service and to to the VFW Post at 42 North Broadway for refreshments.
Salem’s memorial stone
Shakespeare at Field of Dreams
Salem’s Field of Dreams hosted The Acting Loft’s Comedic Tour-De-Farce, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). This frantic and very funny comedy, directed by Salem High School alum John Sefel has been touring local theaters and schools all spring, including an extremely popular stop at Salem High in April. This production tour has been sponsored by Granite State Management & Resources/the NHHEAF Network Organizations with this in-the-park performance presented by the Salem Field of Dreams.
Toby Paul, Dylan Gamblin and Steven “Dingo” Ihde star in this fast paced, no-holds-barred look at the works of the Shakespeare. This show was free to the public with donations given to Field of Dreams. It was a great way to spend an afternoon and just sit back and be entertained. Great job!
The three actors for all the skits
Salem High School Prom
Salem High School prom was held Friday, May 23, at the Radisson in Nashua.
Matt Vaudreuil, Josh Frederico and Dan Kinney
At Brian Cannone's house before the prom