CARLYLE - After 70 years of serving the British Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth 2 was laid to rest in London on Sept. 19.
To commemorate this sombre occasion, the Carlyle branch of the Royal Canadian Legion honoured her passing at the cenotaph.
Queen Elizabeth 2 was the Queen of Canada for 70 years and was a patron of the Legion. In 1960, she gave her consent to use the prefix Royal and the organization became known as the Royal Canadian Legion. This local ceremony was an opportunity to recognize her past contributions to the war effort as both a veteran and member.
During her lifetime, the Queen visited the province of Saskatchewan six times, five as the queen and once as a princess. Just one day before her passing, she gave a statement to comfort the citizens of this province after the mass killing at the James Smith Cree Nation and the village of Weldon.
Comrade Nedra Clark was the master of ceremonies.
“The clergy was Pastor Matt Redstone, trumpeter Jesse Twietmeyer and John Voutour was the sergeant at arms. The colour party was Rick Burnett, Jack Wilson, Clareen Makelki, Marion Biram and Mike Makelki. Comrade Audrey Young was selected to lay the wreath in memory of Her Majesty. Thank you to everyone who attended today’s service.”