By Rod L. Hodgson
PHOTO COURTESY ROD HODGSON
On the occasion of the death of a member of the Royal Family related in the first degree to the Sovereign, all Legion Branches are advised to half-mast the Canada flag from now until the day of the funeral or memorial service, April 17.
Last Friday morning, April 9, the Canadian flag outside of Legion Br. #115 was to be lowered as requested by Royal Canadian Legion Dominion and Provincial Commands to honour the memory of those brave Canadian soldiers who took part in the Battle of Vimy Ridge from April 9 to 12 , 1917. Many of those men were from Hudson as mentioned in a recent Legion News.
While on the way to do that I learned of the passing earlier that morning of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. The following couple of sentences arrived soon afterwards from the Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Command in Ottawa.
“As stated in the Legion Ritual, Awards and Protocol Manual Section 929.a, on the occasion of the death of a member of the Royal Family related in the first degree to the Sovereign, all Branches are advised to half-mast the Canada flag from now until the day of the funeral or memorial service, April 17. The Royal Canadian Legion extends our deepest condolences to The Queen and The Royal Family in this difficult time.”
As President of Legion Br. #115 on behalf of all our members, I wish to extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her family in the passing today of His Royal Highness Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The new posts around Place Vimy will be installed near the end of this month. So far we have received orders for 15 new small memorial plaques. We will not be taking any more orders until the new posts are in and secured and we see how much more room we will have on them. We are hoping for a total of 20 small memorial plaques. We will advise you after the new posts are in if there will be room for more. Please be patient.
We are currently still closed as are all Legions in the province and we still have no idea when we can reopen and welcome back our members. We will keep you up to date as the weeks go by. Thank you for your understanding.
Continued get well wishes are extended to our dear friends and members Dorothy (Doris) Blaise, Ian Peck, Sandy Montgomery and Mireille Lemelin. We all hope to see you out and about in the near future.
Lest we forget…