VFW Remembers Pearl Harbor

A prayer by Chaplain Hube O’Hearn

Salem VFW Memorial Post 8546 held memorial services on December 7 for those who died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.  The public was welcome.

“To all who cannot be here, I urge them to exercise a moment of silent reflection at 11 a.m. in honor of those thousands of servicemen who died in a few short hours,“ said post commander George MacLean.

Services began outside the Post on North Broadway starting at 11 a.m.  That is 8 a.m. in Hawaii, which is the same time the attack began in 1941.

The attack on Pearl Harbor gave the Japanese a temporary advantage.  Two battleships, three destroyers, and other small vessels were lost, airfields were wrecked, and approximately 3,000 were killed or wounded.  It was impossible to maintain American outposts against the Japanese.  Guam was taken three weeks later.  Japanese submarines appeared on the West Coast but did no serious damage.

An investigation into the cause of Pearl Harbor was led by President Roosevelt, with the investigation being headed by Justice Rube of the U.S. Supreme Court.  It was found that lack of co-operation between the Army and the Navy resulted in an almost total absence of precaution, while Japanese Nationals remained free to transmit signals to the enemy without hindrance.

Other military people, to name just a few, who attended this memorial service in Salem:  Chanel Simard, Hube O’Hearn, Woody Chiemeleski, Al Sabatini, Dan Appleton, George Reason, and George MacLean.

Ready, fire

Proud to be an American

Taps by Michael DiTommason and Joshua Brown of Salem High School

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Annual Art Show at Kelley Library

The Greater Salem Artist Association held its yearly art show at the Kelley Library.  There were many deserving professional pieces artistically created from watercolors, acrylic, and other medias.  Mary Ann Manning walked away with the blue ribbon on her piece “Reflections in Hammered Metal.”  Many other awards were given.  There was a lot of talk among the artists and many pieces to look at, but the kids section in the hallway deserved the most recognition because they are the artists of the future.  Cassandra Lira from Fisk (fourth grade) grabbed the first place with her ‘Spider on a Web.’  Elise LaBrache from Lancaster (third grade) stole the show with her ‘Unique Fish,’ and Emily Lanza from Fisk (fourth grade) received third place with her ‘My Artistic Hands.’  Everyone who entered, regardless of receiving an actual ribbon, was a winner.  There were so many incredible works of art out there; one should slow down and really enjoy them.  Good job and great show!

Second grader Elise LaBance in second place

Fourth grader Cassandra Lira in first place

Honorable Mention awarded to fifth grader Jaimee Kraus of Lancaster

Some student entries

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