HUDSON — In Hudson, the VFW Post #1027 located on 3 Palmieri Rd. has been operating as a vital part of the Hudson community for decades and will celebrate its 100 year anniversary in 2023.
The Hudson Select Board recognized this anniversary during their Feb. 27 meeting.
Select Board Chair Scott Duplisea read the citation into record, which stated, “We, the Select Board, congratulate the REJW Manning VFW Post #1027 on their 100th anniversary and thank you for all of your service to our country.”
On March 7, the chapter turns 100 years old, said Senior Vice Commander of the 1027 Post Wayne Grant. May 14 marks the date for a celebratory dinner, and invitations will be sent out.
“We’re going to have a nice dinner and everything. No music … so nobody’s going to have to be able to dance,” said Grant.
He noted that there will be speeches and possibly an invitation to House Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow), who represents Hudson, to attend.
“We do appreciate getting recognized, though,” said Grant.
He said it was difficult keeping the post running during the COVID-19 pandemic, but he appreciated making it to the 100-year anniversary.
“You look good for 100,” said Duplisea.
VetRides receives donation
In related news, the board accepted a $10,000 donation to the Veterans Services Department for the VetRides program. The gift came from the Robert Lloyd Corkin Charitable Foundation.
VetRides is a program that provides transportation to veterans and their caregivers who live in Hudson, Stow or Maynard to medical appointments in both the local and Boston areas. Participants pay nothing, and nearly 200 rides were given last year, according to the Hudson Senior Center website.
Veterans Services Officer Brian Stearns is the contact to learn more about the program or request a ride. The number for more information is 978-568-9635.
“I just think it’s a fantastic thing,” Duplisea said of the yearly donation to support the VetRides program.