The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Canadian Army

Ottawa, Ontario
Approval of a Badge
March 25, 2013
Vol. VI, p. 212

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Blazon

Badge

Two swords in saltire Argent hilts and pommels Or surmounted by three maple leaves conjoined on one stem Gules;

Motto

VIGILAMUS PRO TE;


Symbolism

Badge

The crossed swords symbolize the military history of the Canadian Army. They also indicate that the members of the Canadian Army work as a team in the defence of Canada. The three maple leaves conjoined on one stem, taken from the Royal Arms of Canada, represent service to the Sovereign and to Canada, as well as the heritage of the Canadian Army.

Motto

This Latin phrase means “We stand on guard for thee”.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 30, 2013, in Volume 147, page 2704 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of the Canadian Army, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Painter
Robert Grey

Calligrapher
Shirley Mangione


Recipient Information

Military Institution
Military

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