To the editor:
Last fall after reading an article about landscaping companies helping veterans, my thought was to do something for Salem active-duty servicemen and -women.
These men and women put their lives on the line every day for us, and doing something to honor their service was important to me.
After many conversations with a lot of people, dedicating a landscaped traffic island in their honor was the answer.
With the help of Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, Salem State University's Veterans Affairs Training Outreach Department, Thomson Landscaping, the Salem Beautification Committee, Beautification Committee volunteers, and the Salem Boys & Girls Club, the project was realized. I sincerely thank everyone who helped with this project.
The traffic island that is dedicated to these servicemen and woman is on Mill Hill at the traffic lights at Canal and Washington streets.
The island has been designed, planted and mulched.
The next step is helping with the maintenance of the island and early next spring, adding more shrubs, perennials and a flag.
Anyone wishing to help us in this endeavor can contact Ellen Talkowsky, the city's special projects coordinator, at 978-619-5676 or email@example.com.
Salem Beautification Committee