Hudson's Remembrance Day Parade
PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY
On behalf of the Government of Canada, Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr (right) and Vaudreuil-Soulanges Liberal MP Peter Schiefke were the first to officially place a wreath at the newly-landscaped Cenotaph.
Following days of incessant rain and miserable weather, the heavens cleared and the sun shone for Hudson's Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday, November 6, when - led by the stirring pipes of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada Cadet Corps 2497 - marchers of all ages wound their way along Main Road for an emotional wreath-laying ceremony at the newly-landscaped Cenotaph.
Participating this year, for the first time ever and in what can only be described as a major coup for the little town of 5,000 residents, was a Canadian Minister of Veterans Affairs. Namely, the Right Honourable Kent Hehr, who is also Canada's Associate Minister of National Defence and who steered his motorized wheelchair the entire length of the parade before placing a wreath on behalf of the Government of Canada together with Vaudreuil-Soulanges Liberal MP, Peter Schiefke.
Said the minster in addressing the many parade participants and spectators outside the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #115, “It is indeed an honour and privilege to be here with you all today. In recent months, I have gotten to know Peter pretty well and he is always talking most warmly and fondly about his community and Hudson in particular. And now I know why. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality.”
Added Hehr, “I've been fortunate to have lived in peace and security all my life, as have most of us here today. And it is thanks, in no small part, to the men and women who go where our government asks them to go, in a quiet and dignified manner. Let us all salute them today.”
Just hours later, at the Château-Vaudreuil Hotel in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Hehr presented Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendations to 12 individuals from throughout the Province of Quebec for their stellar support of The Royal Canadian Legion and its ongoing activities, including John (Jack) Gammon of Brossard and Stuart K. Vallières of Pointe-Claire.
Gammon, a veteran of the Korean War, is a life member who in 2002 was appointed chairman of the Poppy Trust Campaign and who liaises with schools in the community and also with the Girl Guides and Cadets ensuring that they are all set up to participate in the campaign.
Vallières, a World War II veteran of the Royal Canadian Airforce, has been a director of the National Council of Veteran Associations of Canada for the last 10 years and national president of The War Amputations of Canada for the past five.
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