Ju­bilee Medal for Brig. Gen. Gagnon

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Que­bec

Dur­ing

a cer­e­mony that took place on Fe­bru­ary 6th, in Que­bec City, Bri­gadier Gen­eral Robin Gagnon, of Stanstead East, re­ceived a Queen El­iz­a­beth II Di­a­mond Ju­bilee Medal from the Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor of Que­bec, the Hon­or­able Pierre Duch­esne. On the same day, Cana­dian cit­i­zens across the coun­try re­ceived Ju­bilee Medals in cer­e­monies, in­clud­ing one held at Rideau Hall.

“I found out only five or six days be­fore that I would be re­ceiv­ing a medal. I was very sur­prised and im­pressed since I am no longer in the reg­u­lar Armed Forces, but per­haps it was be­cause I have an hon­orary ap­point­ment,” com­mented Brig. Gen­eral (ret’d) Gagnon who served in four UN mis­sions, in­clud­ing one as the United Na­tions Force Com­man­der in Haiti.

The medals, which cel­e­brate the Queen’s sixty years as monarch, were all made at the Royal Cana­dian Mint. On one side there is a crowned im­age of the Queen while the re­verse side marks the six­ti­eth, or di­a­mond, an­niver­sary of the ac­ces­sion to the Throne with a cen­tral di­a­mond shape and a back­ground pat­tern of di­a­monds, and by the two dates: 1952 and 2012. The Royal Cypher con­sists of the Royal Crown above the let­ters EIIR (i.e., El­iz­a­beth II Regina, the lat­ter word mean­ing Queen in Latin). The maple leaves re­fer to Canada, while the motto VI­VAT REGINA means “Long live The Queen!”

Through­out the year, in Canada, a to­tal of 60,000 medals will be awarded to Cana­di­ans who have made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions and achieve­ments.

Photo cour­tesy

Bri­gadier Gen­eral (ret’d) Robin Gagnon re­ceived a Ju­bilee Medal from Que­bec Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor Pierre

Duch­esne on Fe­bru­ary 6th, the date of Queen El­iz­a­beth II’S ac­ces­sion to the throne.

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