The Royal Canadian Legion Weyburn Branch #47 is honouring Queen Elizabeth II with a Special Day of Mourning Service at the Weyburn Cenotaph.
The service begins with the Parade of the Colour Guard to the Cenotaph, then the singing of O Canada.
The last post will be played, then two minutes of silence. Brain Glass will observe the Act of Remembrance, Reveille will play, and Chaplain Victoria Mwamasika will offer a prayer. Brian Glass will place the wreath in memory of Her Majesty, and Legion executive Jerry Ponto will offer remarks by the Branch.
“We will have some remarks by the Branch, and the benediction by our Chaplain Marjorie McLeod,” Jerry Ponto said. “We will close with God Save the King, and at that point, we will disperse.”
Ponto added that at that point they invite any attendees to join them in the Legion to share in the fellowship, memories, and stories of the Queen.
“As we know, she had the longest reign of any British monarch, as well the longest recorded female head of state in history, so after 70 years and 214 days, we need to give her a proper sendoff,” Ponto said. “It is needless to say there's a certain amount of sorrow. You can't help but respect somebody that has served the public, and certainly served the royal family for as many years as she did.”
Ponto said there are some protocols to follow after the passing of a monarch.
“Any photographs or pictures that are on display of the Queen should have a poppy attached to the lower left, so we would like to see that happen throughout the Community.”
Poppies will be available for donation at the service, and people are encouraged to place a poppy in memory of Her Majesty at the bottom of the Cenotaph.
“As well as that, flags are flown at half-mast, the Union Jack anyway, from now until the time of King Charles's accession.”
The service takes place on Monday, September 19th at 10:50 a.m.