• Rod L. Hodgson

D-Day Veterans and friends to gather once again


PHOTO COURTESY ROD HODGSON

Members of the Hudson Legion Branch #115 will meet on June 6 to commemorate the 72 anniversary of the Allied forces landing in Normandy during World War II.

Monday, June 6, 2016 will be the 72nd anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy, France during World War II. Each year since shortly after the war ended in 1945 a small group of D-Day veterans have gathered on the exact anniversary date to reflect on that momentous day in our history and remember those who did not return as they gave the Supreme Sacrifice.

Over 14,000 Canadian soldiers stormed onto Juno Beach that day and over 1000 were casualties of which 359 were killed. But the Canadians made the best Allied gains that day along their five mile stretch of open beach in northern France.

Of the 5300 Allied vessels involved that day, only 109 were Canadian but there were 10,000 members of the R.C.N. and R.C.N.V.R. on those ships.

Once again this year, local veterans will meet for cocktails and a luncheon. For 2016 the luncheon will be held at the Hudson Branch #115 of the Royal Canadian Legion at 56 Beach Road. Even though the original organization that was known as the ‘D-Day (Normandy) Society’ no longer exists, the title is still used in conjunction with the more modern term, ‘Friends who Remember.’

Just two regular attendees actually landed on D-Day, Harry Trenholme and Ian Walker. Peter Hughes made it in the next day, June 7, 1944.

If you are interested in attending this very special luncheon please contact Rod Hodgson at (450) 458-6603 (rhodgson@videotron.ca) or Patrick Daunais at (450) 424-1270 (patrick148@ca.inter.net).

Reservations are a must and our limit this year is only 95. Legion Manager Joan Hughes and her crew plan to have yet another wonderful chicken supreme luncheon planned for those attending.

Hundreds of men and women who have made Hudson their home over the years fought in World War II (twenty-four died) and many of them were present at what is often called ‘The Longest Day,’ June 6, 1944.

If you would like to join our few veterans and friends this June 6, please contact Rod or Patrick before June 2.

Cocktails at 11:30 a.m. and a full chicken supreme dinner will be served at 12:30 p.m. in the Legion hall.

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