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  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston
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Vincent Leonard Knight

Port Huron, Michigan, United States of America
Grant of Arms
December 15, 2003
Vol. IV, p. 335

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Blazon

Arms

Gules four bendlets Or;

Crest

Issuant from a coronet of maple leaves and mullets Or, a demi lion Gules holding a banner of the Arms;

Motto

O SUAVIS FRAGRANTIA TRIUMPHI;


Symbolism

Arms

The red symbolizes Canada and Mr. Knight’s roots. The four narrow gold bars represent the four strings on a Hofner bass guitar. Mr. Knight is an accomplished guitarist and uses performance with the instrument for much of his community service. Gold is a colour closely associated with the beautiful veneer of guitars. It also refers to the Queen’s Golden Jubilee of 2002, as Mr. Knight and his father met Her Majesty during her Canadian tour.

Crest

The coronet symbolizes Mr. Knight’s movement back and forth across the Canadian-American boundary for community service. The lion represents his Scots’ heritage and his own spirit of determination. By holding the flag, the lion evokes the idea of upholding the honour of Mr. Knight’s family.

Motto

Meaning “O sweet smell of success”, this is a Latin translation of one of Mr. Knight’s favourite lyrics by George Harrison.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 12, 2005, in Volume 139, page 687 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Robert D. Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Painter
D. Robert Tunstall

Calligrapher
Nancy Ellis


Recipient Information

Individual