• James Armstrong

Hudson Legion receives surprise award for tolling bells of peace


Hudson Legion President Rod Hodgson was surprised to receive official recognition for the Bells of Peace Program.

When an unexpected package turned up in the Hudson Legion mail delivery, Legion President Rod Hodgson said he was as surprised as everyone else.

“It was a plaque from Dominion Command recognizing our contribution to the Bells of Peace,” Hodgson told The Journal. The plaque was accompanied by a letter from Dominion Command President Thomas Irvine that Hodgson read to the Legion membership during a general meeting.

“People were overwhelmed,” said Hodgson. “It was quite emotional.”

The Bells of Peace Commemorative Program was part of the Remembrance Day Ceremonies held Sunday, November 11, 2018 marking the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day.

“We had asked all the churches in Hudson to ring their bells at sunset. We went outside and listened to the bells of Saint Thomas Aquinas Church. They rang 100 times,” said Hodgson. “We found out later that all four churches in Hudson had rung their bells.”

The bell ringing echoed the ringing of bells across Belgium, France and England marking the signing of the Armistice.

In late December 2018, Hodgson was asked to report to Dominion Command on what had happened during the Commemorative Program. Hodgson responded that Saint Thomas Aquinas, Wyman Memorial, Saint Mary’s, and Saint James’ Churches had participated in the program. The result was the plaque and letter that have received a place of honour in The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #115 in Hudson.

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