• James Parry

Hudson Remembrance Day Parade and ceremonies brave bad weather on Sunday, November 5


Sporadic torrential rain failed to dampen the spirits of some 400 marchers and spectators alike aged from eight to 98 who braved the elements this past Sunday, November 5, to be part of Hudson's annual Remembrance Day Parade along Main Road culminating in an emotional ceremony at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre.

As always, organized and hosted by Hudson Legion Branch #115, led by the stirring pipes and drums of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada Cadet Corps 2497, and including serving Military members and contingents from the Army, Navy, and Air Force, this year's parade differed from others in years past, however. And all of it positive.

For the first time ever, three local cadet corps swelled the ranks of marchers including Corps de Cadets de l'Air Vaudreuil-Dorion Squadron 867, Cadet de La Ligue Navale de Valleyfield Corps 182, and Cadets de l'Armée de Rigaud Corps 3.

Because of the inclement weather, the wreath-laying ceremony was moved indoors into the community centre's main hall that would normally have served as the voting station in Hudson's municipal election - held the very same day - which was only vacant because the station had been transferred to St. Thomas Elementary School across the road.

And outside, a wreath was placed below the newly-installed plaque on The Cenotaph - the only one of its kind in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region - honouring those who served in Afghanistan by two local Veterans who were there. Namely, Warrant Officer Stephane Boisclair with the 6th R22eR (The Vandoos) and Captain Jonathan Bouchard, an intelligence officer with the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Highlanders based in Cornwall, Ontario.

In total, some 39 wreaths were placed, all of which can now be seen at The Cenotaph on Beach Road. Local Veterans, including four who served in World War II and who were seated in the front row - Maxine Bredt, Peter Stephenson, Norm St. Aubin, and Harry Trenholme - were visibly moved at the outpouring of respect and gratitude shown for their service. And at day's end, another Remembrance Day ceremony came to a close, respectfully and mission accomplished.

Lest we forget. Nous nous souviendrons.

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