Hud­son Re­mem­brance Day Pa­rade goes on des­pite rain

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Hud­son’s Royal Ca­na­dian Le­gion, Branch 115, held its an­nual Re­mem­brance Day pa­rade Sun­day in the town. Des­pite grey skies, rain and chil­ly wea­ther, ma­ny came out to com­me­mo­rate those who have ser­ved and who still serve to­day.

The Nov. 10 pro­ces­sion which made its way down Main Rd. to conclude at the Le­gion Hall, in­clu­ded ve­te­rans, a piper bri­gade, ca­dets, lo­cal scout groups, elec­ted of­fi­cials, fi­re­figh­ters, and more.

And though it was a sombre tri­bute, one ve­te­ran, 95-year-old Maxine Bredt, at one point bea­med a spec­ta­cu­lar smile at spec­ta­tors as she dan­ced a lit­tle jig part of the way down Main Rd.

Bredt, who was born Maxine Lle­wel­lyn, is a World War II Ve­te­ran who ser­ved as a nur­sing sis­ter with the Royal Ca­na­dian Ar­my Me­di­cal Corps from Ja­nua­ry 1944 to April 1946 du­ring the Ita­lian Cam­pai­gn. A long­stan­ding mem­ber of the Le­gion’s Hud­son branch, as well as a vo­lun­teer for more than 40 years at the Ste. Ann’s Hos­pi­tal for Ve­te­rans, Bredt was awar­ded two Queens’ Ju­bi­lee me­dals, one of which she re­cei­ved this year du­ring the Queen’s Dia­mond Ju­bi­lee.

Nel­son Wells from the Hud­son Royal Ca­na­dian Le­gion Branch 115 said Bredt is a “lo­ve­ly la­dy who dances (at the Le­gion hall) eve­ry Fri­day night.”

Wells said though Bredt do­na­ted her mi­li­ta­ry uni­form to the Hud­son Mu­seum, the mu­seum gra­cious­ly loans it back to her each Re­mem­brance Day so that she can wear it in the pa­rade.

“It’s the same uni­form she wore from 1944 to 1946 and it still fits her to this day,” Wells no­ted. “She’s tru­ly a re­mar­kable wo­man,” he ad­ded Mon­day af­ter­noon following a small ce­re­mo­ny that was held at the Hud­son cenotaph to re­mem­ber those who have pas­sed on du­ring the war.

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