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Salem's Lancaster Fund grant OK'd for Traveling Wall

SALEM — Selectmen on Monday approved a $2,500 grant from the town’s Lancaster Fund to help cover some of the costs of bringing in the 80-percent scale-sized replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

The town’s Lancaster Fund is disbursed by selectmen to non-profits that benefit Salem.

The funds are typically for one-time events or special programs, and not for the general operational expenses of non-profits.

Last month, the board turned down a Lancaster Fund request for the Salem Family Resources’ Success by Six preschool program. While selectmen praised the program, some members felt the request for tuition assistance funds hewed too closely to being operational expenses for the non-profit.

However, selectmen noted that the Salem Veterans Association easily meet the special program requirement of the grant by bringing the wall to town.

“A grant of this type is for a special initiative or a special project that benefits the town,” said Selectman James Keller. “This is very much a once-in-a-lifetime situation.”

The wall would be displayed on the grounds of Salem High School from Oct. 15 to Oct. 19.

The wall and its exhibits will be open 24 hours per day during the time it will be in Salem. There will also be a number of special events and ceremonies during the five day period.

“A lot of people don’t have the opportunity or can’t go down to Washington, D.C., to see the actual wall,” said Salem Veterans Association President Doug Micklon. “It’s very moving and emotional.”


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