HUDSON – Two and a half years in the making, Hudson now has a veterans memorial, located right in town by the fire station.
Sunday afternoon some of the area’s littlest members, local Boy Scouts, helped dedicate the memorial by raising the flags.
Maxwell, 8, from Hudson said they were, “honoring the ones who have passed, the ones who have retired, and the ones who have honored our country.”
“We want to respect them because they’ve served us and they make us feel safe,” said Tristan, 8, of Kenduskeag.
Bill Grant said he got the idea for the memorial and formed a committee that started fundraising right away.
“It has been a lot of hard work on everybody’s part…we wanted to pay tribute to all of our branches, plus the POW/MIA,” said Grant.
He said phase one of the project cost $20,000.
Phase two is still a work in progress. They still have to finish some groundwork since mother nature hasn’t exactly cooperated.
“The monument company surprised me on November 2nd with an email stating they were delivering it that day. Our groundwork wasn’t even done yet. So within the last two weeks getting things done – it’s coming together real well,” said Grant.
After speeches and the national anthem, Marvin Stokes, a veteran of Korea got to unveil the monument.
“Thrilled with the turnout…that’s why our country is free, lives that have been given, just so you and I can continue to enjoy life,” said Stokes.
Organizers said they still plan to put in service benches by the flag poles.
To donate to that effort, you’re asked to contact the town office or send a Facebook message to the Hudson Veterans Memorial Park Facebook page.