Order of Canada, Medal of Service
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This Order is conferred upon Canadians whose services and actions have displayed meritorious Canadian qualities, and whose achievements have inspired citizens within Canada and the international community.
Foreign citizens may be awarded this Order as an Honourary member.
When the Order is conferred upon women the awards are worn on a bow ribbon.
The Order originally featured the Companion, the Medal of Service, and the associated Medal of Courage. A maximum number of 50 Medals of Service could be awarded annually. Recipients could use the post-nominals SM.
The Medal of Service and the Medal of Courage were abolished on July 1, 1972, and the grades of Officer and Member were added to the Order instead.
After the Medal of Service was abolished, the recipients who had received the medal were awarded with the new rank of Officer or Member. A total of 319 Medal of Service winners names are included as Officers in the documents of the Order of Canada.
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