Hudson Cenotaph rededicated in new Place Vimy
PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY
Flanked by bagpiper Graham Batty in front of the new Place Vimy sign at the Hudson Legion on Beach Road, and from left to right, Rod Hodgson paid a special tribute to Michael Elliott who first proposed the Cenotaph upgrade and was helped throughout by fellow Legion member John Dalgarno.
In an emotional ceremony held under clear blue skies, the newly renovated and landscaped War Memorial Cenotaph at the Hudson Legion Br. #115 on Beach Road - the only such monument to those who have served our country in times of war and peacekeeping in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC - was rededicated Sunday, August 13, in what will forever now be known as Place Vimy.
With almost military precision, Master of Ceremony Rod Hodgson - Hudson Legion 2nd V.P. - welcomed local residents including four surviving World War II Veterans, representatives of federal, provincial, and municipal governments, as well as members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
With a prayer of dedication by Father Roland Demers and a playing of The Last Post, a two-minute silence was observed for members who died in the past year, followed by the placing of wreaths and the unveiling of the Place Vimy sign and memorial plaques on each of the black metal posts delineating the Cenotaph sponsored by friends of the Legion in memory of loved ones.
Wreaths were placed by Michel Bento representing Veterans Affairs Canada, Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols, Rigaud Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr., St. Lazare Mayor Robert Grimaudo, Hudson Councillor Nicole Durand, Hudson Legion President Eric Connor, Mike Fitzgerald representing Legion District 6, and Gord Ritchie of the Black Watch Association.
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