, Salem, MA

May 27, 2013

Letter: Remembering Salem's memorials

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

On May 27, many Americans will be commemorating the holiday we call Memorial Day.

Some of us will be enthusiastically watching our local parades and many of us will be visiting our cemeteries to place American flags, wreaths and bouquets of flowers beside the graves of those unforgotten heroes. These veterans died so that we might enjoy freedom without the tyranny that exists in other countries of the world. It is because of this truth that we now honor our veterans and I am very grateful to Joseph Piemonte, our former professor at Salem State University, for he understood well this concept of national bravery and sacrifice. It was he who was responsible for saving the veterans’ marble memorial that was placed to the left of the main altar in the former Saint Mary’s Italian Church. Thanks to Joe, our marble memorial was preserved, for it was placed beside the original bell of Saint Mary’s where it has been displayed for all to see and enjoy in the yard of the Christopher Columbus Society.

Another grand veterans’ memorial called “The Mourning Victory” was sculpted for our former parishioners of Saint Joseph’s Church by the noted sculptor Joseph Coletti. This serene, pale grey classic monument is unknown by most for it is hidden in the park by the many growing trees. Today, it stands alone and forlorn, for its Saint Joseph Church was recently destroyed. However, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, and the inscription carved on this classic monument says it all, “Time will not dim the glory of their deeds.”

Anna Della Monica