In 1960, Queen Elizabeth II granted The Legion royal patronage, and it became The Canadian Royal Legion.  

Therefore, it is only befitting that Canadian Royal Legions across the country will recognize the Queen’s state funeral on Monday, September 19. Betty Mazurik with the Cochrane Legion says, “We have been given a directive by Dominion, which is the Canadian Legion, and different provincial legions, and they all say basically the same thing we are to follow this kind of guideline for the ceremony.” 

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 15 here in Cochrane will be following the prescribed directive and will commemorate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II this Monday in what is described as a shortened Remembrance Day Ceremony. Mazurik says, “We will lay a special wreath for the Queen. We will, of course, have two minutes of silence and then we will sing God Save the King and there might be variations around it depending on what the Sergeant at Arms decides.” 

The ceremony will start at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 19 at the Cochrane Cenotaph. Mazurik encourages those who wish to attend to arrive at about 10:30 or 10:45 a.m. Attendees are welcome to wear any uniform or formal dress, it is their choice.  

Typically, the Remembrance Day Ceremony in November is immediately followed by a social get-together at the Legion. However, in the case of the ceremony for Queen Elizabeth, the Legion will hold a light, free lunch at 4 p.m. that day to further commemorate the Queen.