The public is encouraged to honor the area’s hometown heroes at the Veterans Day Parade and Celebration slated for Saturday, Nov. 9, starting with a parade at 11 a.m. and followed by a celebration in Constitution Square.

Retired Command Sergeant Major David Ray Hudson is scheduled to speak, and live music and more will be part of the celebration.

Hudson served as the second National Guard Bureau Senior Enlisted Leader. He was the first enlisted member of the National Guard to report directly to a four-star general officer.

While serving in that position, he was responsible for advising the chief of the National Guard Bureau on matters affecting the 550,000 men and women serving in the Army and Air National Guard.

Hudson began his military career in 1973 by enlisting in the U.S. Air Force.

In 1978 he was honorably discharged from active duty and enlisted in the Air Force Reserve.

During his Air Force career, he served as an aerial weather observer onboard specially equipped WC130 aircraft.

He logged over 3,200 miles of aerial flight and participated in 58 aerial hurricane penetrations.

In 1984 Hudson transferred from the Air Force Reserve to the Alaska Army National Guard.

While in the Army Guard as an Infantryman he served in numerous leadership positions eventually becoming the Alaska State Command Sergeant Major.

In 2006 he was selected to be the NGB senior enlisted leader and was transferred to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Hudson is now retired from the U.S. Army. He has over 38 years of total military service.

Following his military career, Hudson and his wife, Denise, who also is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, the Air Force Reserve and the Army National Guard, became farmers here in Halifax County.

As military veterans, they soon recognized the similarities between military service and farming. They have mentored and hosted over 100 military veterans that were interested in becoming farmers.

The Hudsons are members of the nationally recognized Farmer Veteran Coalition and own the first farm in the state of Virginia selected to display the “Homegrown by Heroes” certification.

Find more information about the Halifax County/South Boston Veterans Day Parade and Celebration on Facebook, email or call Lori at 434-222-4035 or Cissy at 434-470-5893.

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