ST. MARY'S BAY, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR -- (Marketwire) -- 06/09/12 -- On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Senator Fabian Manning presented the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to Newfoundland resident, Elizabeth Lee, at a ceremony earlier today in St. Mary's Bay. During this ceremony, Mrs. Lee was also presented with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.
"Mrs. Elizabeth Lee has made a real and lasting difference with her service and dedication to our nation's truest heroes," said Minister Blaney. "On behalf of all Canadians, I am proud to acknowledge her extraordinary efforts in helping to provide the care and recognition our Veterans and their families deserve. Today we honour her in recognition of her hard work and selfless commitment."
"Our Government is pleased to honour individuals like Mrs. Elizabeth Lee who devote their lives to ensuring the sacrifices and contributions of our Veterans are never forgotten," said Senator Manning. "On behalf of all Newfoundlanders, I am proud to acknowledge Mrs. Lee's strong commitment to our nation's heroes."
Mrs. Lee is an active and longstanding member of the Royal Canadian Legion (RCL). In 1968, Mrs. Lee and her late husband were the first presidents of Branch 62; he was branch president and she was president of the Ladies Auxiliary. Mrs. Lee has been a member of the RCL's Executive since 1986, having held numerous positions, including branch president from 1992 to 1994. She received her life membership in the Ladies Auxiliary in 1990 and at 86 years of age, continues to play an active role in Auxiliary functions. Mrs. Lee attends all RCL Ladies Auxiliary biennial conventions and lends her years of knowledge and expertise to ensure successful events. She is a regular participant in commemorative ceremonies and is active in engaging youth in learning more about Canada's military history.
The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation includes a bar, which can be worn below official decorations on a recipient's blazer, as well as a lapel pin for civilian wear and a certificate.
The Commendation is presented to individuals who have contributed to the care and well-being of Veterans and to the remembrance of their contributions, sacrifices and achievements. It is intended primarily for Veterans, but in some circumstances may also be awarded to non-Veterans. Nominations may be submitted at any time and are reviewed annually by an advisory committee.
Find more information on the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation at veterans.gc.ca.
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