Hudson pays tribute to Canada’s fallen soldiers during annual Remembrance Day parade


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

World War II and D-Day veteran Harry Trenholme is flanked by Katie van Every (left) and Karen Vilon after laying a wreath at the cenotaph outside the Hudson Royal Canadian Legion Branch 115 on Sunday, November 10. Trenholme was awarded the Republic of France National Order of the Legion of Honour in 2015 in recognition for his involvement in the liberation of France at Gold Beach during D-Day on June 6, 1944.

Hundreds of people lined Main Street in Hudson to watch a procession of veterans, soldiers and cadets march towards the cenotaph at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch to pay tribute those who served and gave their lives for their country in previous military campaigns during the annual Remembrance Day parade on November 10.

Several regional political dignitaries attended the parade and wreath laying ceremony including Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke, Soulanges MNA Marilyn Picard, Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols, Hudson Mayor Jamie Nicholls, Rigaud Mayor Hans Gruenwald and Saint-Lazare Mayor Robert Grimaudo.

‘Incredibly grateful’

“I’m just incredibly grateful that we’re still doing this,” Schiefke told The Journal after the wreath laying ceremony. “I also see many young people here today. It means a lot. One of the fears we have is the next generation won’t pass along the flag and continue to remember. Today’s event shows this is going to continue for years to come and that feels great.”

Vaudreuil MNA Nichols said she was honoured to participate in the solemn occasion.

“It’s always important to remember the sacrifices our veterans have made. Last week I was at Ste. Anne’s Hospital and I met a lot of them who went through the war. I have a lot of respect for them,” said Nichols.

‘A very moving day’

For Saint-Lazare Mayor Grimaudo, the Remembrance Day parade is not only a day to reflect on those who sacrificed their lives in the past, but also to pay tribute to military personnel who continue to serve their country today.

“I have several members of my family who are in the Canadian Armed Forces right now. I also had an uncle who served so it’s something that has always been close to my heart. It’s always a very moving day. I’m very proud to be here representing the Town of Saint-Lazare,” said Grimaudo.

‘A sign of respect’

“It’s very important to remember the people who put themselves in harm’s way, not only in the past but also now in conflicts abroad,” said Hudson Mayor Nicholls. “The turnout has been good today. People are still very aware of the importance of this day. And the weather held out so that’s good.”

Rigaud Mayor Gruenwald said he was very touched by the event. “I’m very proud to be here and I’m extremely pleased to see the number of young people here. This shows a sign of respect that has been lacking the past couple of years. It’s refreshing to see. I’m flabbergasted. Kudos to the people at the Royal Canadian Legion 115 for putting all of this together every year,” he said.

D-Day vet lays wreath

Hudson Legion President Rod Hodgson paid a special tribute to 97-year-old World War II veteran Harry Trenholme who laid a wreath at the cenotaph. Trenholme was awarded the Republic of France National Order of the Legion of Honour in 2015 in recognition for his involvement in the liberation of France at Gold Beach during D-Day on June 6, 1944.

Hodgson was also pleased by the large number of young people who participated in this year’s parade. “This really makes the event special. They’re learning and I hope it’s being explained to them that they’re here because of the people at the cenotaph,” he said. “They’re the future of our nation and the world.”

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