Hudson Memorial Day Parade Marches on

May 29, 2015

by Tom Tollefson

Gray clouds loomed overhead, but they proved to be Mother Nature’s bluff as dozens of residents lined the streets for Hudson’s 2015 Memorial Day Parade last Monday without any need for umbrellas on a dry afternoon.  The Hudson American Legion Post 48 ran this annual Memorial Day event.

Dozens from all across the Hudson community marched in the parade, including the Alvirne High School Air Force ROTC, Showcase Performing Arts Center, Hudson Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Hudson American Legion 48, fire and police departments, and the day wouldn’t have been complete without the traditional performance by the Alvirne High School Marching Band as they made their way through the streets.

Some of the residents viewing the festivities from the side of the road showed their patriotic spirit by waving flags and decking themselves out in the American colors of red, white, and blue.  The parade went down Route 102 by the Hudson Mall and continued to Library Park at the center of town where the American Legion held a Memorial Day service.

American Legion Post 48 Commander Jay Lawlor gave a few remarks to the crowd about the importance of Memorial Day.  He stated that the real reason for the holiday is not barbecues and summer, but taking time to remember members of the U.S. armed forces who gave their lives to defend American freedom.

“They made the ultimate sacrifice and fought for the American way.  We admire them and respect them every Memorial Day,” Lawlor said.

The crowd was also treated to some hometown blends of meaningful music.  The American Legion band played “Nearer My God to Thee” and the AHS band played “Stars and Stripes Forever.”  The ceremony concluded with all in attendance joining in to sing “God Bless America.”