Hudson Remembrance Day Parade goes on despite rain
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.