Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

March 04, 2011 11:50 ET

Presentation of a Meritorious Service Decoration (Military Division)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 4, 2011) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, announces the awarding of a Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) to a member of the Canadian Forces, Colonel of the Regiment Walter Matheson Holmes. On behalf of the Governor General, Lieutenant-General Peter J. Devlin, Chief of the Land Staff, presented the insignia to Colonel of the Regiment Holmes during a ceremony at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, on February 24, 2011.

Colonel of the Regiment Walter Matheson Holmes, M.S.M., C.D., M.B.E.
London, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Since June 2006, Colonel of the Regiment Holmes has been providing leadership and has been dedicated to The Royal Canadian Regiment. He championed the development of the Regimental Veterans' Care Cell, as well as the sourcing of private funds to support both wounded soldiers and the post-secondary education of the children of fallen soldiers. These initiatives have enhanced the quality of life for both serving and retired members of the regiment. His service has brought great credit to The Royal Canadian Regiment and to the Canadian Forces.

For additional information on the Meritorious Service Decorations, please see the attached backgrounder.


The Meritorious Service Decorations include a military division and a civil division, with two levels each: a medal and a cross. The military division recognizes individuals for their outstanding professionalism and for bringing honour to the Canadian Forces and to Canada. The civil division recognizes individuals who have performed an exceptional deed or an activity that brought honour to the community or to Canada.

The Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division) recognizes a military deed or activity that has been performed in an outstandingly professional manner, according to a rare high standard that brings considerable benefit or great honour to the Canadian Forces. 

The Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) recognizes a military deed or activity performed in a highly professional manner, according to a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to the Canadian Forces.

These decorations are an important part of the Canadian Honours System, which recognizes excellence. Meritorious Service Decorations honour either a single achievement or an activity over a specified period. The Meritorious Service Decorations are open to both Canadians and non-Canadians.

Anyone may nominate an individual for the civil division of the Meritorious Service Decorations, while military candidates are recommended by the chief of the Defence Staff. Nominations and awards may be made posthumously, but nominations for activities that occurred prior to June 1984, the year in which the honour was first created, are not accepted.

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