Patriotism Fills the Streets of Hudson on Memorial Day

May 31, 2019

 

by Len Lathrop

Stepping off from the Hudson Plaza on Derry Road at two in the afternoon, the parade and program organized by American Legion Post 48 was led by multiple honor guards: police as well as Alvirne JROTC cadets carrying the Post 48 colors and a those carrying the Veterans of Foreign Wars colors with senior members of both groups following in rank.

The cadet corps of Alvirne Air Force JROTC followed Selectmen Morin, Roy and Coutu toward the Library Park where many were gathered to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for everyone’s freedom. The Post 48 band had assembled early in the afternoon and treated those waiting for the marchers with military and patriotic songs.

The Alvirne Marching Band made an indelible impression. Coming down Derry Road 115, they must have played most of the distance as you could hear them coming before they rounded the corner, a very impressive group.

The Hudson parade had Scouts who showed their love for those who lined the route by throwing candy to everyone; it seemed the chuck wagon they were pulling was full of treats.

Hudson Fire had their two new pieces of apparatus in the parade for everyone to see with the ladder truck was being driven by Fire Chief Rob Buxton.

At the park, the American Legion offered remembrances of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Officer Taylor Morin sang the national anthem, and Post 48 commander Dave Mayopoulous offered a historical meaning behind why we stop to celebrate the day and its importance. After music by both the Alvirne and the Legion bands, the parade reformed and marched to Post 48 for light refreshments.