Two veterans presented with Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee medal
Peel residents Brig.-Gen. Gregory Young and Lt.-Col. Peter St. Denis were presented Diamond Jubilee medals today by MPP Amrit Mangat to express the exceptional contributions made to the province and country.
“This medal pays special tribute to Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne and honours her life-long commitment to her responsibilities, by recognizing those who have made significant contributions to Ontario and Canada,” said Mangat, MPP for Mississauga-Brampton South.
“I am proud to have been given this opportunity to recognize local recipients as outstanding citizens. Their spirit of contribution is fittingly recognized with this Diamond Jubilee medal, and we are blessed to have them in our community,” said Mangat.
Brigadier General Gregory Young is a decorated Afghanistan veteran, community volunteer, the founder-chairman of the 15th Battalion C.E.F. Memorial Project, and for 35 years was a teacher and department head with the Toronto District School Board.
Lieutenant Colonel Peter St. Denis is a decorated Cyprus veteran, the current commander of the Queen’s Own Rifles, was a Service Sergeant Major with Peel Regional Police including 22 years of outstanding service, and currently a professor at Mohawk College.
?Queen Elizabeth II’s reign of 60 years is the second-longest for a British monarch; only Queen Victoria has reigned longer.
?Her coronation service in 1953 was the first to be televised.