Local Afghanistan veterans lay wreath at The Cenotaph in Hudson on Remembrance Day
PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY
Holding a Canadian Armed Forces helmet as worn in combat in Afghanistan and studded with 151 poppies to salute the exact number of Canadians as of yesterday (Wednesday, November 11) who have died to date in that ongoing war, 10 local veterans who served in the war-torn region stood in silence with representatives of Hudson Legion Branch #115 after laying a wreath at The Cenotaph on Beach Road in Hudson on Remembrance Day 2015.
They came. They saw. And they remembered.
Just four days after the people-packed and solemnity of Hudson's Remembrance Day Parade along Main Road on Sunday, November 8 - the only one of its kind in Vaudreuil-Soulanges - 10 local veterans of the war in Afghanistan who safely returned home to our region said unanimously yesterday, November 11, that they were honoured to lay a wreath at The Cenotaph in Hudson as a salute to their comrades and to all veterans of previous wars and conflicts.
Under a cloudless clear blue sky and holding a Canadian Armed Forces helmet as worn in combat in Afghanistan studded with 151 poppies - the exact number of Canadians as of November 11, 2015 who have died to date in that ongoing war - they joined representatives of Hudson Legion Branch #115 in what was a very emotional moment for them all.
They told me their names. Their ranks. Their units. Where they served and when. But asked that they did not want to be singled out in this report. In the respected veteran tradition, a true band of brothers and sisters.