American Legion Post 48 Brings an Honor Field to Hudson
May 24, 2019
by Len Lathrop
After almost a year of planning and selling flags, the inaugural annual Field of Honor was dedicated at Library Park on Sunday the 19th with an hour-long program to salute those who have served or are serving in the armed forces or in public safety service organizations.
Hosted by American Legion Post 48, this year’s Field of Honor offers two areas for loved ones to be honored by the veteran monument as well as six flags for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to our country in the armed forces. The main area this year features 94 flags honoring those who serve our nation courtesy of family members or friends; these will fly from two weeks before Memorial Day to Flag Day on June 14. Every year American Legion Post members will re-post those flags until they are no longer serviceable.
Sunday’s dedication celebration was kicked off with the Hudson Police Department’s Honor Guard leading the way, followed by the Alvirne JROTC Honor Guard and then the flags for the park by Alvirne Cadets and Boy Scouts from several Hudson troops. Once in position, the Scouts and cadets posted the colors at the direction of Senior Master Sergeant Jerry Gibbons, Firefighter Mike Armand sang the national anthem, and Post 48 Senior Vice Commander Valerie Harnadek led all in the Pledge of Allegiance. American Legion Post 48 Chaplain Mike Mondeau gave the invocation prayer.
The American Legion was honored for the Field of Honor with proclamations from Senator Shaheen and Senator Hassan, Congresswomen Kuster, New Hampshire Governor Sununu and New Hampshire Senator Carson.
Post 48 Commander David Mayopoulos spoke about the Field of Honor, welcoming those in attendance and everyone who worked to make the Field of Honor happen.
Christina Madden, commander of Hudson Memorial VFW Post 5791, spoke about service to our nation and the great honor this field allows everyone to support their loved ones and friends.
Joshua Grant, a seventh grader from Hudson Memorial School, read his first-place essay in the VFW Patriot Pen competition and received a standing ovation for his words.
The keynote address was from Hudson Selectman Kara Roy, U.S. Army (ret.), who talked about military service and how it shapes veterans’ life and their lifelong memory.
The Post 48 band played a medley of U.S. Armed Forces before and after the service and “You’re A Grand Old Flag” to support the celebration.
Army veteran and Hudson Selectman Normand Martin offered the benediction.
Visit the American Legion on Fulton Street to obtain a flag for a family member or friend to be included in next year’s Field of Honor or call the legion at 889-9777. Watch the dedication celebration on HCTV.