Supreme Sacrifice Memorial 2009

Location: Veteran’s Park, Salem, NH
Date: November 11, 2009

On Veterans Day the entire Lo family met at Veterans Park to attend the Annual Veterans Day ceremony held every year in Salem. Veterans Park is the home of the Supreme Sacrifice Memorial which honors veterans from wars past and present. This year’s ceremony was dedicated to SSG Edmond Lo and Cpl Edmund Vandecasteele. There we stood beside the speakers, including Douglas Micklon, the president of the Veterans Association. After a prayer by Chaplain George MacLean, government officials and the Boys and Girls Scout were introduced followed by the guest speaker, Reverend Carver. The speeches were followed by the high school chorus and the VFW Present of Arms. This was a beautiful way for us and the community to honor Edmond and the sacrifice he made for his country.

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“Supreme Sacrifice” War Monument (1957)
Angled to face the Bridge Street/Main Street intersection, this smooth granite monument is basically rectangular in shape and stands approximately ten feet wide and 6.5 feet tall. At the top of the monument is a decorative band featuring thirteen sets of four incised vertical lines with a star inscribed below each set. The inscription reads “Supreme Sacrifice/ Dedicated in grateful memory by the Town of Salem, New Hampshire in honor of the men and women who served in the armed forces of our country during World War II and the Korean Conflict/To them we owe our liberty of religious worship and speech and freedom from fear and want. May all future generations of Americans firmly resolve with God’s help to protect and preserve this priceless heritage”. Etched below are the names of those from Salem who were killed in World War II, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam and Iraq Wars.

At Town Meeting in 1957, the sum of $8,500 was appropriated for a memorial monument for the Salem men and women who served in the armed forces during World War II and was dedicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 1957.