Legion to consecrate flags in unique Drumhead Service
The Royal Canadian Legion in Drumheller will be holding a unique ceremony on Canada Day to consecrate its flags.
Past President of the Drumheller Legion Deb Bolduc explains some of the Legion’s flags were destroyed following a flood in the basement of the hall. Because of this, they needed to acquire new flags, and before they are to be put into service, they need to be consecrated.
To do this, the Legion will be holding a Drumhead Service. This is a special and unique service laid out in the Legion’s protocols and has roots in the battlefield services where drums were draped with flags to make an alter for worship.
The flag consecration ceremony involves a parade of the colours, led by the Sergeant at Arms and the Branch Chaplain Michael Fletcher will perform the services with a unique prayer for each flag. The Branch will be consecrating the Canada Flag, the Ensign, Union Jack and the Branch 22 Banner.
Bolduc says she has never seen a Drumhead Service but says it is important for the Legion to mark such occasions with tradition and ceremony.
“It has a lot to do with remembrance,” said Bolduc, “it inspires patriotism and reminds people why the Legion is here.”
The ceremony is slated for 1 p.m. on July 1, after the Canada Day Parade. Centre Street in front of the Legion will be blocked off to traffic for the Legion to perform the service. The community is invited to witness the unique ceremony.
“It has a lot to do with remembrance, it inspires patriotism and reminds people why the Legion is here.” Deb Bolduc
On Friday, July 1, the Drumheller Legion will be consecrating its flags with a Drumhead Service.