Saskatchewan—Lieutenant Governor’s Military Service PinPublished on 2 April 2014 Hansard and Statements by Senator Pana Merchant (retired)
Hon. Pana Merchant:
Honourable senators, last month marked the end of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, Canada’s largest military deployment since the Second World War. Canadian men and women carried out their duties with the utmost professionalism and distinction. We are immensely proud of and grateful for their service to enhance peace, stability and hope in a troubled region of the world.
Throughout Canada’s history, Saskatchewan men and women have served in wars, dangerous peacekeeping missions and vital domestic operations. They have made enormous sacrifices to represent our nation and to defend the principles of peace, freedom and justice.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Military Service Pin is an undertaking of the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield.
Solomon Schofield, who is a strong supporter of the Canadian Forces, was the provincial chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council and is currently an honorary colonel of the 38 Service Battalion. In recognition of her many contributions, she received the prestigious Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Military Service Pin is intended to recognize those who are called on to risk their lives for their country. The pin is intended to be worn on civilian clothing so that we might recognize those who serve when they are not in uniform. To date, over 4,000 pins have been distributed. Recipients must have resided in Saskatchewan at one time. This includes those who lived in the province for military training or posting; current and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces Regular Force, Primary Reserve, Supplementary Reserve and Canadian Rangers; and current and retired members of the police forces, including municipal forces and the RCMP who have served in military operations. On a discretionary basis, the pin may be presented to Saskatchewan residents who are current or former members of allied forces, such as the United States military and those from Commonwealth nations.
The pin symbolizes the gratitude of the Crown and of the people of Saskatchewan. It is a worthy recognition, and I encourage honourable senators to recommend the idea to our governance colleagues in the provinces and territories.