On Monday May 30th, part of the annual ceremony at Greenlawn Cemetery will be the dedication of a marker recognizing Salem resident and Medal of Honor recipient Thomas Atkinson. Atkinson served aboard the USS Richmond during the battle of Mobile Bay in August 1864, part of the Union fleet under the command of Admiral David Farragut. Atkinson was in charge of bringing rifle ammunition to the guns on the Richmond during the intense day-long battle. His calm and courageous demeanor in completing this work during the fight earned him the Medal of Honor.
Sunday, May 29
10:30 a.m. – Wreath-laying ceremony (Veterans Section of St. Mary’s Cemetery, North Street)
12:30 p.m. – Naval cannon salute to those lost at sea (Winter Island)
1:00 p.m. – Collation, open to the public (Polish League of American Veterans, Daniels Street)
Monday, May 30
10:30 a.m. – Memorial Day Parade departs from Commercial Street. Free Salem Trolley rides are available for any veteran who would like to participate in the parade, but is unable to march.
11:00 a.m. – Memorial Day Ceremony (Greenlawn Cemetery)
12:30 p.m. – Collation, open to the public (Veterans of Foreign Wars, 95 Derby Street)
As part of the Memorial Day commemoration this year, the Salem Veterans Council has purchased copies of the book Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhoods and will be delivering and reading them to 3rd Grade classes during the week. Also, in the lead-up to the 150th Memorial Day, the City has installed over 65 new informative Veterans Squares signs around the City, each dedicated to a Salem son or daughter killed in action. In addition, two new squares were dedicated.