Hudson plans to bring back Memorial Day parade

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Hudson plans to bring back Memorial Day parade
Marine Corps Veteran Gary Murphy of Hudson AMVETS Post 208 plays “Taps” during last year’s abbreviated Memorial Day observances in Hudson. (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

HUDSON – Hudson’s Memorial Day traditions will resume this year at their familiar location after multiple years of COVID-19-era disruption. 

The town’s Department of Veterans Services announced this news on Tuesday, sharing plans for a parade and ceremonies on May 30. 

Participants are asked to gather at the AMVETS Post 208 at 5 South Street at 9:45 a.m. 

The parade will then begin at 10:00 a.m., moving down South Street toward Houghton Street before snaking back to Wood Square, the Gold Star Monument and Liberty Park next to the Hudson Public Library. 

There will be a ceremony with guest speakers, music and a rendering of honors at the park. 

“We are happy to return to our original venue this year,” the Department of Veterans Services wrote in its announcement. 

Hudson most recently moved forward with Memorial Day observances a year ago. Those were amended, though, with a small ceremony taking place in front of Town Hall instead of a larger event. 

Veterans Director Brian Stearns wrote in a letter to the Select Board last spring that the decision to forgo a parade was made due to a “lack of available and willing participants.”

Those who would like to participate in this year’s parade should contact Stearns at [email protected].

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