Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

September 12, 2013 15:57 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Officially Launch It's An Honour! Cross-Canada Travelling Exhibit

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 12, 2013) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will officially launch the new travelling exhibit It's An Honour! on Monday, September 16, 2013, at 10 a.m., at Henry Wise Wood Senior High School, in Calgary, Alberta.

"This travelling exhibit showcases the stories of great Canadians who have received our highest honours such as the Order of Canada, Decorations for Bravery, and Military Valour Decorations," the Governor General said. "My hope is that, by learning about our Canadian Honours System and the remarkable stories of recipients, visitors in schools and communities across Canada will be inspired and motivated by what they see."

During the outdoor event, the Governor General will deliver remarks and take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. His Excellency will then tour the exhibit for the first time with Mr. and Mrs. Don and Ruth Taylor, of the Taylor Family Foundation, who made the travelling exhibit possible. After the ceremony, Their Excellencies will make their way to the school's library where His Excellency will take part in a question-and-answer period with students.

Following the official launch, the general public may visit the exhibit at this location until September 18, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

About It's An Honour! travelling exhibit

The 1 000-square-foot vehicle features interpretative panels, multimedia elements and artifacts. This unique space provides an opportunity for visitors to learn more about the Canadian Honours System through an interactive learning experience. Making its debut in late July, this mobile exhibit has already travelled through Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories, Yukon and northern Alberta. Over the next two years, it will journey to schools, community centres, special events and small towns across the country. For more information about It's An Honour! please see the attached fact sheet, visit, or follow @HonoursExhibit on Facebook and Twitter.

This travelling exhibit is made possible through the generosity of The Taylor Family Foundation, as a tribute to the women, men and youth of Canada whose achievements, courage and dedication to service exemplify the heart and soul of our nation.

Members of the media are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and are welcome to arrive as early as 9 a.m. in order to capture imagery of the exhibit and conduct interviews with the crew prior to the event. Those wishing to cover the opening of the exhibit and the Governor General's official remarks only are asked to arrive no later than 9:45 a.m.

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Fact Sheet

Celebrating Canada's National Honours, their recipients and their stories July 2013-2015

A new mobile exhibit is on the road travelling across Canada to connect, honour and inspire Canadians. It's An Honour! introduces visitors to the Canadian System of Honours which recognizes people for their extraordinary achievement, bravery, valour and service. Over the next two years, the mobile exhibit will journey to schools, community centres, special events and small towns across the country.

Since 1967, the Canadian Honours System has recognized thousands of exceptional Canadians, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, with the Order of Canada, Decorations for Bravery, Military Valour Decorations and other national honours.

Special Features

Featuring interpretative panels, multimedia elements and artifacts, the exhibit provides an opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn more about these honours and some of their recipients.

Mounted in a specially designed vehicle (approx. 1,000 sq. feet), the exhibit is bilingual and supported by a knowledgeable guide. It is accessible to everyone and admission is free.

Visitors will have the opportunity to:

  • Catch a glimpse of insignia and medals, including the Victoria Cross, Canada's highest honour, as well as the Order of Canada, Decorations for Bravery and a variety of military decorations.
  • Discover stories of honours recipients, test their knowledge of Canada's national honours and share their comments in the exhibit's interactive areas.
  • Watch an inspiring hologram message from Chris Hadfield, former Canadian Astronaut and first Canadian to hold both the military and civil Meritorious Service Decorations.
  • Learn more about the role and responsibilities of the Governor General of Canada.
  • Find out how they can nominate deserving individuals from their community.

For more information and to find out when the exhibit will be coming to a community near you, please visit our website at and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @HonoursExhibit.

Are there any recipients in your community? Visit the exhibit and find out!

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