PHOTO COURTESY ROD HODGSON
British Commandos scramble ashore at Gold Beach on June 6, 1944.
A new Vimy Oak tree has been ordered for Place Vimy and it should be here in the next few weeks. We will plant it in the garden near the cenotaph this time, not on the berm where our first one was, which died.
For the first time in its 75-year history the annual D-Day Society and Friends luncheon was not held this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Legion being closed. However the Canadian flag was at half mast in memory of those gallant members of the allied forces who stormed the beaches of Normandy 76 years ago June 6, as well as those who protected them in the air with their Spitfires, Hurricanes, Typhoons and other aircraft of the RAF, RCAF and the USAF as well as the sailors out in the English Channel in the thousands of landing craft, destroyers, mine sweepers, transport ships, battleships and others; helping the soldiers get to their objective.
Many young men from Hudson were there; on land, sea or in the air. Men like Eddy Gray, Bill Holroyd, Hugh Norsworthy, Stan Bowen, Gerry Murphy, Jack Howlett, Ken Darling, Tom Robertson, Ralph Hirst, Peter Hughes, Ian Walker, Harry Trenholme, Kaare Olsen, Jacques Mallet, Bill and Morris Magee, Doug Gray, Eric Gillmeister, Peter Acres and many others.
June 5 was the 76th anniversary of the Liberation of Rome in 1944. One well-known Hudson resident, Eugene Forward, was one of the first into Rome as he was with the 1st Special Forces Brigade, better known as The Devil’s Brigade. Those fighting in Italy at the time were later known as D-Day Dodgers!
The Poppy Committee has been rather busy lately. They have sent donations to the #3 Bourget College Army Cadets, the Valleyfield Navy League Cadets, the Vaudreuil-Dorion Air Cadet Squadron #867, the Black Watch Army Cadets and for the first time, Les Chiens ToGo. This is a group that aids veterans with comfort dogs, especially those suffering from PTSD. Great work Poppy Committee and once again thank you to all those who work so hard during our annual Poppy Campaign each fall; before and after the fact.
If you know of a fellow Legionnaire or even just a friend or neighbour who is confined to his/her home and not able to get out for supplies, medications, groceries etc., please give them a call and try to help them out or drop us a line and we will do our best to arrange something. Our e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lest we forget…