Hudson Honors Those ‘Who Weren’t Able to Come’

May 30, 2014

by AJ Dickinson

On Monday, May 26, locals gathered on the green parallel to Ferry Street to honor all current and fallen veterans of the United States in the spirit of Memorial Day.

Although it looked like it would rain that afternoon, causing many attendants to at first worry, the inclement weather held off.  Organized by the Town of Hudson American Legion Post 48, the Sons of the American Legion Post 48, Squadron 48, as well as Unit 48 of the Ladies Auxiliary, the parade went as smoothly as possible as the hundreds of families, friends, and veterans gathered to give thanks to those who have or still do serve this country.

Traditionally the American Legion dedicates the service to one or more members who have gone above and beyond.  This year’s dedications were made to Morris J. Levesque (aka Lebesque-to-the-rescue) and Marilyn (Sam) Boise.

The ceremony on the Green, which was held directly following the parade, continued as it traditionally has in the past by including several prayers, the Pledge of Allegiance, the wreath ceremony, the 21-gun salute, and the boots of a fallen soldier.  Valarie Harnadeck, commander of the Ladies Auxiliary Unit 48, summed up the honorable tradition this way: “The reason why we’re here are for those who weren’t able to come: for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  That’s what this is all about; we’re here for those who never made it home.  So keep them in your prayers and your thoughts.”

The parade, which lasted about an hour and a half, touched all who attended as area residents showed their respect for veterans past, present, and future.