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Michael George Levy

Richmond, British Columbia
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge, with differences to Michael Guy Levy, Don Garry Levy, Linda Gay Levy, and Paul Garth Levy
April 15, 2004
Vol. IV, p. 369

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Blazon

Arms

Per bend Gules and Azure overall a lightning flash bendwise between four Korean pine cones (Pinus koraensis) Or;

Crest

Issuant from a circlet of maple leaves Gules and dogwood flowers Argent, a demi tiger guardant Or, striped Sable, winged Azure, charged on the sinister wing with a billet fesswise Azure fimbriated Or, bearing on the shoulder a torteau inscribed Or with the Chinese word "Freedom", holding in its dexter paw a sword Gules;

Motto

I HAVE PREVAILED;

Flag

Gules a canton of the Arms fimbriated Or, in the fly the Badge;

Badge

Two lightning flashes in saltire Or surmounted by a pomme charged with a Korean pine cone (Pinus koraensis) Or;

Differenced Arms for Michael Guy Levy, son of Michael George Levy

The Arms of Michael George Levy debruised of a three-point label Argent; this individual will inherit the Arms of the Recipient following his or her death;

Differenced Arms for Don Garry Levy, son of Michael George Levy

The Arms of Michael George Levy within a bordure per bend Azure and Gules;

Differenced Arms for Linda Gay Levy, daughter of Michael George Levy

The Arms of Michael George Levy within a bordure Or;

Differenced Arms for Paul Garth Levy, son of Michael George Levy

The Arms of Michael George Levy within a bordure compony-counter-compony Gules and Azure;


Symbolism

Arms

The colours red, blue and gold are the regimental colours of Major Levy’s regiment, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. The diagonal division symbolizes the rough terrain of the battle of Kapyong, the engagement in which Major Levy gave distinguished service. The lightning flash represents the wireless unit used by Major (then Lieutenant) Levy to call for artillery fire in the battle, and it also refers to the glare and heat of battle. There are ten points on the flash, referring to the number of Major Levy’s platoon. The Korean pine is the county tree of the county of Kapyong. It is a beautiful evergreen with very large cones that contain edible fruit. Here it refers to the part of Korea where Major Levy acted so heroically. The number of cones represents his four children. Cones generally are a sign of new life, so here they can represent new beginnings arising after a fierce and deadly battle.

Crest

The floral circlet honours Major Levy’s service to Canada and his home in British Columbia. The word “Freedom”, in Chinese characters, represents his own escape to freedom at age 18 from a Japanese internment camp in Shanghai. The tiger is the insignia of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) Force 136, with which Major Levy parachuted behind enemy lines and fought with in Malaya during World War II. As a creature of strength and determination, the tiger also represents Major Levy’s own spirit. The wings refer to his dramatic flight across free China to India, his journey to Malaya, and his varied overseas post-World War II service. The sword is a classic symbol for a military officer, representing his defence against enemy attack and his skill in battle. The blue rectangle edged in gold on the tiger’s wing represents the unique Distinguished Unit Citation awarded by the President of the United States to Major Levy’s Regiment for their extraordinary heroism and combat performance at Kapyong.

Motto

It indicates Major Levy’s ultimate triumph through many harrowing challenges.

Flag

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Badge

The flashes repeat the symbolism of the shield. The green disc refers to the Jade Trail across China, which Major Levy used for part of his escape from the internment camp in Shanghai. The cone refers again to Kapyong and his exploits in battle as well as the promise of a new start.

Differenced Arms for Michael Guy Levy, son of Michael George Levy

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Differenced Arms for Don Garry Levy, son of Michael George Levy

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Differenced Arms for Linda Gay Levy, daughter of Michael George Levy

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Differenced Arms for Paul Garth Levy, son of Michael George Levy

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 12, 2005, in Volume 139, page 688 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
Linda Nicholson

Calligrapher
Nancy Ellis


Recipient Information

Individual