Pat Broome, president of the Ladies Auxiliary for Chilliwack Legion Branch 295, pins a poppy on the ceremonial wreath at the downtown Chilliwack cenotaph, following a Sept. 19 memorial service for Queen Elizabeth II, with Shirley Norrish (right) looking on. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)

Pat Broome, president of the Ladies Auxiliary for Chilliwack Legion Branch 295, pins a poppy on the ceremonial wreath at the downtown Chilliwack cenotaph, following a Sept. 19 memorial service for Queen Elizabeth II, with Shirley Norrish (right) looking on. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)

VIDEO: Chilliwack Legion holds ceremonies to honour Queen Elizabeth II

Simultaneous events were held Sept. 19 at the Vedder and downtown Chilliwack cenotaphs

Chilliwack’s Royal Canadian Legion branch 295 held simultaneous memorial services Monday morning (Sept. 19) to honour Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away Sept. 9, 2022 at the age of 96.

One ceremony was held at All Sappers Memorial Park in Vedder, the other at the downtown Chilliwack cenotaph at Veterans Park.

Both services began around 11:45 a.m. and were short and simple, attended by Legion members, sea and air cadets and members of the RCMP.

Chilliwack’s incumbent mayor Ken Popove was at the downtown service and laid a wreath at the base of the cenotaph in memory of the Queen. Attendees were given poppies before the service started and were given an opportunity to add them to the wreath afterwards.

A Legion member who directed the event noted the playing of ‘God Save the King’ at the end, which becomes the new protocol now that the queen is gone.

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