By Rod L. Hodgson – President
PHOTO COURTESY ROD HODGSON
Here is another nice old photo from our archives. It shows the first Remembrance Day Ceremony on Sunday, November 14, 1948 at the newly constructed cenotaph then located in Benson Park. In the photo are Legion President John Legate (just left of the cenotaph), Padre the Rev. Jos. Mowat, Rev. E.C. Royle, Father Cloutier, and Parade Marshal Nick Carter. Many of those in the photo were veterans of both World War I and World War II. The cenotaph was built by local stone masons Lorne Graham (my grandfather) and Everett Lancaster as their donation to those from Hudson and the area who had served and made the supreme sacrifice as well.
Here is some wonderful news from our Membership Secretary, Lise Bernier. Three hundred and twenty members have paid up their memberships for 2021 and this includes a number of new members. We lost a few members because there was no curling this season but we are still taking renewals. Your support for our still closed Legion Br. #115 is very encouraging. You can mail in your payments of $60 to Hudson Legion Br. #115, 56 Beach Road, Hudson, QC, J0P 1H0 and write on your cheque ‘2021 dues.’ You can also pay online through Dominion Command’s website at www.legion.ca. Dominion does send us back our portion of the yearly fees as well and Provincial Command also gets a portion.
I had some troubles last week with our e-mail of the Legion News. I narrowed it down to that the message was just too large in megabytes because of the photos. I did contact a number of members by phone and they did get the second set of news that I sent out as an attachment. Hopefully it will be better this week. If you did not get the attachments you can check our branch website at www.hudsonlegion.ca and our webmaster Zbig does a great job at keeping that up to date – thank you Zbig for your true dedication and help with this.
We still have a number of T-shirts in various sizes and still at $25 each and also 10 packs of hasty notes at $10 for a pack of 10 with envelopes. If you are interested please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange a pick up or delivery time.
We are still closed and at the moment we have no idea when we will be able to reopen so we can socially gather again for meals, cribbage, pub quiz, bridge, conversations and maybe enjoy the odd libation! However we will keep you up to date of course.
We learned just that former Legion member and Hardy Rock curler Bill Sturrock passed away this past week. He had been suffering from severe diabetes and had both his legs amputated because of that. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his dear wife Lillian. I believe they were living in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in recent years.
Lest we forget…