Le­gion to con­se­crate flags in unique Drum­head Ser­vice

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa file­photo

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.

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