Obit of the Day: Canada’s Man of Many Medals
In 1967 Flight Sergeant Bruce Beatty, a military graphic designer, was given the task of creating a medal for the new Order of Canada. (This was done at the same time that the country adopted their distinctive maple leaf flag.) Beatty struggled for a deaign until November of ‘67 when a light snowfall gave him the inspiration he needed. The snowflake-life Order of Canada is the highest award given to citizens of then country. Since its introduction, 100,000 Candians have received the citation.
Beatty received his Order of Canada in 1990.
By the time he died, at 88, Beatty had designed over two dozen military decorations for the Canadian military.
(Image courtesy of qwiki.com. The Order is awared for “the highest degree of merit, an outstanding level of talent and service, or an exceptional contribution to Canada and humanity.” The latin on the medal translates as “They desire a better country.” There are three levels of the Order: companion, officer, and member. This medal is the companion level. )