HUDSON — The Veteran’s Day parade went on as planned Saturday for a small but devoted audience despite cold temperatures almost hitting record lows.
The parade kicked off a little after 10 a.m. with the color guard setting up around the Seventh Street Park Veterans Monument where the traditional wreath was placed, and went straight into the short parade down Warren Street, then across Fourth Street to the Courthouse Park, where the rest of the services were held.
“We really enjoyed it. Hudson’s Memorial Day parade and this one are always great,” said Mary Chatham, of Hudson. “They picked quite a day to do it, but it was great.”
According to the National Weather Service in Albany the low temperature Saturday was 18 degrees at 7:21 a.m., just three degrees shy of the record low for that day of 15 degrees, set in 1956.
Susan Glover, of Germantown, remarked how sparse the crowd watching the parade was, but said it was great Hudson held a parade at all.
“I’ve never been to this parade before. It was short, but it is great the city was willing to do it,” Glover said. “Not a lot of people observe, I feel. I wish more people were watching.”
Chatham said she liked seeing the city’s elected officials out observing Veterans Day. “It’s nice to see so many elected officials out here,” she noted.
Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka gave the keynote speech, and among the other officials in attendance were Edward Cross, second ward supervisor, and Second Ward Alderwoman Tiffany Garriga.
“I thought the parade was great. It was a beautiful event acknowledging our veterans, some who are still with us and some who are no longer with us,” Garriga said. “It was great to see some of our new elected officials and my other colleagues.”
Garriga gave the Hudson High School marching band particular praise.
“I am extremely proud of the high school marching band,” Garriga said. “They sounded amazing. It sounded like adults playing. They played their hearts out.”
Garriga also praised Czajka’s speech, saying it was great that he talked about both black and white veterans.
“It was a very good speech,” she said.