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Volume 20 Number 47 June 4, 2010 18 Pages

Memorial Day Service

in Litchfield

by Len Lathrop

Hudson Remembers

Those Who Served

Under the supervision

of American Legion Post 48, community groups and veterans organizations gathered at the Hudson Mall on Derry Road to march in honor of those who served our country. The first Memorial

Litchfield selectmen lead the parade: M. Patricia Jewett, Frank Byron, George Lambert, and Steve Perry

by Lynne Ober

Once again, Margaret Parent, Dr. Steven

Calawa, and the Litchfield Historical Society arranged for moving Memorial Day remembrances. The day dawned bright and sunny. With the humidity at a low level, it was a perfect day to enjoy the planned celebration. The parade thrilled kids of all ages. It was led by the fire engines from the Litchfield Fire Department. Spectators could hear them long before their flashing lights were seen. As soon as the sirens were heard, kids of all ages started looking down Route 3A—each wanting to be the first to see the lead vehicle. Once everyone was gathered at Old Town Hall, Dr. Calawa issued a warm welcome to all. Pastor Stephen Quinlan gave the Invocation and the Boy Scouts presented the colors. Fire Chief Tom

Schofield and Police Chief Joe O’Brion led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Campbell High School (CHS) chorus sang the “Star Spangled Banner,” and the audience was asked to join in and sing along. It was a great way to start the day.

Soloist Molly Connor led the CHS chorus under the direction of Jill Deleault in a beautiful rendition of “America the Beautiful.” CHS alumni members of the chorus were invited to join the chorus in singing, and they did. The chorus also sang “Blades of Grass” and “Pure White Stones.” Soloists Kayla Follett and Taylor Roy led the chorus in their last song, “A Lasting Piece.” Margaret Parent reminded all of the reason for Memorial Day and urged that each remember the ultimate sacrifice paid by the men and women who had served across the decades to keep our country safe. Navy veteran Richard Lascelles spoke about the contributions of the late Will

Emily Lambert enjoyed the day

Jewett. He remembered Will Jewett as both a town volunteer and as a patriot, who served decades in the Navy. “Will was a great example of heroism and patriotism,” said Lascelles.

continued to page 11- Litchfield Memorial

Day was celebrated on May 30, 1868, originally known as Decoration Day; it originated in the years following the Civil War, and became an official federal holiday in 1971. In Hudson, Master of Ceremonies Gene Nute greeted those gathered at Library Park and introduced those on the dais. The Service of Remembrance started with our National Anthem, played by the American Legion Post Band, which was followed by various memorial words and prayers. Finally, the wreath placement by the Post leadership was followed by a 21-gun salute.

Echo Taps concluded

the program. The marchers then reassembled and proceeded to the American Legion Hall.

see more photos on page 11

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Te Goulet Family of Hudson attended the Memorial Day Celebration at

Library Park in Hudson. Allyana and Gabrielle hold signs saluting their dad who is on active duty army in Bagdhad, while mom Alexis proudly looks on

Hudson Officer Allison Cummings

1927 Squad A Firetruck

Tis mini dragsetter was just too fast to the marchers

Hudson selectmen, Benjamin Nadeau, Kenneth Masssey, Roger Coutu, Shawn Jasper and Richard Maddox.

HMS Memorial Day Service

American Legion Post 48 Firing Squad

Hudson Memorial School Band flute section

by Len Lathrop

As is the tradition, Hudson Memorial School commemorated Memorial Day with an 8:15 a.m. program on Friday, May 28. The school bank played patriotic songs as the students silently assembled in front of the school. The chorus performed the National Anthem; the Fire Squad from the Hudson American Legion Post 48 provided a 21-gun salute; Taps were sounded; and the students silently returned to their classes.

Christina Guessferd sounds Taps

staff photos by Lynne Ober staff photo by Mike Falzone

staff photo by Mike Falzone

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