Ve­te­ran’s mi­nis­ter at­tends Hud­son Re­mem­brance Day

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The Cal­ga­ry born ve­te­ran’s —AN­NUAL LE­GION PA­RADE mi­nis­ter, who has been wheel­chair bound since be­co­ming pa­ra­ly­zed fol­lo­wing a ran­dom shoo­ting in­ci­dent when he was 21-years-old, was gre­ga­rious and friend­ly with those li­ning Hud­son’s Main Rd.

Vee­ring from one side of the street to the other, Hehr rol­led up to spec­ta­tors to warm­ly shake hands, en­gage in conver­sa­tion and thank them.

“I know we all live such bu­sy lives these days, so thanks so much for ta­king the time to come out to­day,” he told a group of col­lege kids.

A mo­ving ce­re­mo­ny in front of the Hud­son ce­no­taph fol­lo­wed the pa­rade.

Fa­ther Ro­land De­mers from the St. Tho­mas Aqui­nas Pa­rish gave the ope­ning be­ne­dic­tion, while Vaudreuil-Soulanges Li­be­ral MP Pe­ter Schiefke, who had in­vi­ted Hehr, al­so spoke. A wreath laying ce­re­mo­ny fol­lo­wed a mo­ment of si­lence. Soulanges MNA Lu­cie Char­le­bois and Vaudreuil MNA Ma­rie-Claude Ni­chols each pla­ced wreaths at the ce­no­taph, as did re­pre­sen­ta­tives from the towns of Hud­son, Saint La­zare and Ri­gaud. In ad­di­tion, ma­ny com­mu­ni­ty groups, churches and or­ga­ni­za­tions re­co­gni­zed Ca­na­da’s ve­te­rans of wars in Eu­rope, Af­gha-nis­tan, and el­sew­here.

Guests were in­vi­ted in­to the le­gion hall for snacks and cof­fee fol­lo­wing the event.

The Hud­son Le­gion Branch 115 com­me­mo­ra­ted Re­mem­brance Day Sun­day du­ring an an­nual pa­rade and wreath laying ce­re­mo­ny that was at­ten­ded by hun­dreds of vi­si­tors, in­clu­ding one ve­ry spe­cial guest: Kent Hehr, Ca­na­da’s Mi­nis­ter of Ve­te­rans Af­fairs.

PHO­TO KRISTINA EDSON

Ve­te­rans from the Hud­son Le­gion Branch 115 at­ten­ded the ce­re­mo­ny.

PHO­TO KRISTINA EDSON

Mem­bers of lo­cal scou­ting groups pla­ced wreaths at the base of the Hud­son ce­no­taph.

PHO­TO KRISTINA EDSON

Kent Hehr, Ca­na­da’s Mi­nis­ter of Ve­te­rans Af­fairs, at­ten­ded the Hud­son Le­gion Branch 115 Re­mem­brance Day Sun­day.

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