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February 3, 2012
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Diamond Jubilee Celebrations Begin
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Monday, February 6, will mark the official launch of Diamond Jubilee celebrations across Canada, says Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Carolyn Bertram.
“Canadians will recognize the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne,” said the Speaker. “On February 6, Prince Edward Island, and every province and territory in the country, will have the honour and the privilege to fly the Queen’s Canadian flag for one day to recognize this rare and special event.”
The Queen’s Canadian flag will be flown at Province House for the day and lowered at sunset. There will be a Diamond Jubilee flag flown throughout the year in celebration of the anniversary.
Islanders will have the opportunity to send their best wishes to Her Majesty by signing a book of congratulations that will be available in the lobby of Province House until December 31.
In recognition of this special occasion, a commemorative medal has been created. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a visible and tangible way to recognize outstanding Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life, who make Canada a better country through their service, contributions and achievements. Lieutenant Governor H. Frank Lewis and Premier Robert Ghiz will present the medals to Islanders who will be nominated through a process open to the public.
“The Diamond Jubilee medal is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Canadians who have made a significant contribution to their country and their community,” said the Lieutenant Governor.
The Lieutenant Governor will award six Islanders with medals at an inaugural ceremony at Government House on Monday, February 6 at 3 p.m. The remaining medals will be awarded during ceremonies throughout the year.
For more information on the Diamond Jubilee Medal and how to nominate a fellow Islander, and for all of the latest information on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, visit www.gov.pe.ca/diamondjubilee or check out the Prince Edward Island Government Facebook page or @InfoPEI on Twitter.