Jubilee Medal for Brig. Gen. Gagnon
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.
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.