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Master Seaman receives Diamond Jubilee Medal

Feb 07 2012

Master Seaman Christopher Switzer was headed home to CFB Esquimalt aboard HMCS Vancouver when he was told that he'd be making a special side trip. He was sent to Ottawa as one of the first 60 Canadians to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

The medal marks the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne.

Gov. Gen. David Johnston presided over the awards ceremony Monday in Ottawa at Rideau Hall, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on hand.

Switzer, 29, who works as a hull technician, was chosen for the honour because of the contributions he has made to both his shipmates and to local charities. He left HMCS Vancouver last week in Panama for his flight to Ottawa, and is to rejoin his ship in San Diego.

A total of 60,000 Canadians will receive the Diamond Jubilee Medal during the coming year.

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