Family Military Tradition
I was a Naval Association cadet from ages 9-12, thus I have worn the uniform of all three branches of service, Navy , Army and Air Force. I come from a family with a long military tradition: father, grand-father, great grandfather (who was in both world wars) and more family all the way back to John Day, an officer with George Washington’s army. The Hudson family coat of arms was reportedly given to us by King Richard the Lion Hearted for our role in the crusades. In the opinion of English genealogosts, the early ancestors of the Hudson family came into England with William the Conqueror in 1066. On my mothers side, the surname Woods, also came over to England, Ireland and Scotland following the Norman Conquest. Basically I am descendant from a bunch of unruly vikings that, once having conquered Normandy, set their sights on the UK.
Chief of Defence Staff, General Jon Vance, CMM, MSC, CD, shakes hands and presents Cadet Sergeant Issac Woods-Hudson with a CDS Gold Coin of Excellence.
"We were most impressed by Isaac's ability to respond to each request we put before him and equally to adjust to last minute changes with his cool aplomb. His role in the choir/piper Amazing Grace was beautiful to watch and hear as he marched away from the choir, down the sidewalk surrounded by the public who were laying their wreaths." - Gerry Wharton, Director of Ceremonies, Wreaths Across Canada
Cadet Warrant Officer Issac Woods-Hudson with Rear Admiral Joseph Pierre Gilles Couturier OMM CD, deputy comander of the Royal Canadian Navy at a Naval Association fundraiser for Soldier On.
Letter of thanks from: The Hon. Harjit S. Sajjan, PC, OMM, MSM, CD, MP, Minister of National Defence. I received a letter of thanks from the Minister of National Defence for my efforts to try to organize a Canadian Pipe and Drum band to take part in an International military music festival. It ended up not happening because of all the taskings for Canada's 150th anniversary.
Black Watch Cadets
I was in the Black Watch cadets from 2012 until the end of 2016. I had a good time. I would highly recommend it.
Born in England, John Day, emigrated to Massachusetts in time to participate the Boston Tea Party, and was an officer under George Washington in the Revolutionary war. For meritorious services, he received a tract of land called Patricktown Plantation, renamed Somerville, Lincoln County, Maine.