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Order of Military Merit

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Canada's military has a proud history. From historic battles in the World Wars to peacekeeping missions around the world to disaster relief efforts at home, the men and women of our armed forces have distinguished themselves time and again.

Many have demonstrated dedication and devotion beyond the call of duty, and to thank them for their commitment to this country, they are honoured with the Order of Military Merit. It was established on July 1, 1972 to recognize a career of exceptional service or distinctive merit displayed by the men and women of both the Regular and Reserve Forces.

The three levels of membership -- Commander, Officer and Member -- reflect long-term, outstanding service with varying degrees of responsibility.

The Queen of Canada is the Sovereign of the Order, and the Governor General is the Chancellor and a Commander of the Order. The Principal Commander of the Order is the Chief of Defence Staff.

For more information, contact the Chancellery, the branch of the Governor General's office responsible for administering Canadian honours, at 1-800-465-6890.

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