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Hudson Legion launches major upgrade of Cenotaph on Beach Road


PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY

Hudson Legion 1st vice president, Michel Elliott, is spearheading the upgrade and landscaping of The Cenotaph on Beach Road, the only one of its kind in the County of Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

Funded entirely with a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs Canada and a lot of volunteer work being put in by members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #115, The Cenotaph on Beach Road in Hudson - the only one of its kind in the County of Vaudreuil-Soulanges and officially recognized as a National War Memorial - will have a whole new look in the coming months.

Major landscaping, designed make it visible from all four sides in a more beautiful setting, began this past week with plans to have the whole area ready for Hudson's annual Remembrance Day Parade and ceremonies on November 6 of this year.

Said Hudson Legion 1st vice-president, Michael Elliott, in an exclusive interview with Your Local Journal, “We applied for a federal grant a few years ago without success. This time, with the help and support of our former NDP MP, Jamie Nicholls, we were successful and Veterans Affairs came through with $25,000 which has enabled us to hire local contractors for the heavy work.”

Added Elliott, who spearheaded both grant applications and who is overseeing the project with Robert Daoust et fils, “Our proposed budget for the project was $40,000 and the balance will be met entirely by the Legion and its volunteers.”

When completed, The Cenotaph, which currently features two bronze plaques each honouring 24 Hudsonites who died in World War I and World War II, will be visible from all four sides as opposed to only three in the past and plans call for two additional plaques to be installed honouring those who served in the Korean War, Afghanistan, Merchant Marine, as well as in Peacekeeping missions from throughout Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

It will also be framed at its base by a walkway of local crushed Quarry Point stone to match that used in the construction of the memorial built in 1946-47 and originally located in Benson Park. Poppies and other appropriate flowers will be planted in the two gardens at each side parallel with Beach Road. And it will all be framed with a low post and chain-link fence as is often seen around other such memorials throughout Canada.

Said Elliott, “This upgrade is long overdue honouring, as it does now, those who left our town and our little community never to return.”

The new park land and walkway will be named Place Vimy in honour of the 100th Anniversary next year of the great Canadian victory in April of 1917 and at which a number of Hudson men were present.

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