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Salem’s Memorial Day events split over weekend

SALEM — Memorial Day remembrances in Salem will take place over two days this year, with a wreath-placement ceremony, parade and brief program on May 29 and a service on May 31.

Due to the pandemic, there was no procession or parade and only a brief ceremony at Hope Cemetery to mark Memorial Day last year.

Councilman Dennis Plegge confirmed Monday that Mayor John Berlin will place a wreath at the veterans’ memorial in front of city hall during a brief ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday on Memorial Day weekend.

A parade will begin at 10 a.m., leaving from city hall on South Broadway Avenue, traveling north to East State Street, then east on State and north on North Lincoln Avenue, ending at Hope Cemetery.

Upon arrival at the cemetery, a short program will be held. Plegge said former Mayor Larry DeJane will serve as parade marshal.

Salem AMVETS Post 45 Commander Rod Hughes said a service will be held at Grandview Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, featuring U.S. Army Col. Will Kline of Salem as the speaker.

Hughes also noted that flags will be placed on the graves of veterans on May 22 at Grandview and Hope.

Both Plegge and Hughes said more details about the events will be announced closer to Memorial Day.

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