Royal Canadian Legion branches across the country held memorial services and a final salute for Queen Elizabeth II.

The Okotoks branch held a small ceremony on September 19 to honour the colonel-in-chief, the ceremonial head, of 16 different military units in this country.

Starting with a colour guard, stories were shared and prayers were spoken to honour Her Majesty’s lifelong commitment to duty and service. 

In attendance was Darrel Woods who spoke of that commitment. 

"We thank her for her wisdom, guidance and love of peace, for the care with which she served her people, for the example of her gracious life, a life of service for the well-being which this nation has enjoyed during her happy reign."

He adds, "I'm so thankful, personally, to see all the serving members of all different types. From RCMP to Fire; Ex-military to police. We are so thankful for our politicians that serve so faithfully."

Wreaths were laid on behalf of various constituents of the legion as well as governments local and federal.

the cenotaph in okotoksWreaths were laid on behalf of various constituents of the legion, local municipalities and the population.

Government in Canada: Sgt J. Klassen

Government in Alberta: MLA R.J. Sigurdson

Government in Okotoks: Mayor T. Thorn

Legion Branch #291: President R. McLeod

Aboriginal Veterans: Comrade G. Pambrun

The event concluded with members of the legion and residents singing God Save the King.