City of Salem

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The City of Salem unveiled its LOVE art at Library Square in 2018. This LOVE travels around the community, so be sure to visit the website link for its current location. The massive 2500-pound sign is 7 feet tall and nearly 17 feet long. The sign’s letters are made of steel and the five-foot wide base is aluminum. The peace sign was incorporated into the letter “O” of the sign because the word Salem is derived from the Hebrew word Shalom, which means Peace, Wholeness, Harmony and Tranquility. Salem City Employees at the Street Department played a major role in the construction of the sign as they helped with the design, fabrication, welding, grinding and lettering. The talents of workers at B&M Sheet Metal in Roanoke, Sun Solutions in Vinton and R.C. Restorations in Salem also played major roles in developing the final product. In particular, R.C. Restoration donated the labor to paint the structure.

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  • Directions: From I-81, take Exit 140. Take VA-311/Thompson Memorial Hwy. South for approximately 1.7 miles. Turn right on Main Street into Downtown Salem and then City Hall will be on the right.
  • Major Access Routes: I-81, US 460