Message from His Majesty King Charles III, King of Canada, Sovereign of the Order of Military Merit, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the first Order of Military Merit investiture at Rideau Hall.

As we mark the 50th Anniversary of the Order of Military Merit, I particularly wanted to express my warmest good wishes to the more than 5,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have been appointed to the Order since its creation by my late mother in 1972.

For almost as long as the Order has been in existence, I have had the privilege of enjoying a close relationship with the Canadian Armed Forces and I have seen at first-hand the exceptional dedication of Canadians who have chosen to serve in the profession of arms. Last year, I was most touched to have been appointed a Commander in the Order, joining the ranks of those who have been honored for their distinguished military service to the nation.

Over the last five decades, the excellence demonstrated

by Commanders, Officers and Members of the Order is as varied as the backgrounds of those who have been honored with appointment. I know that Canada recognizes all of you for your accomplishments and dedicated service, at home and abroad.

As we look ahead to the next 50 years of the Order,

I can only congratulate all members, including those recently appointed, for the example you continue to set and I particularly want to thank your families and friends who have stood by, supported and helped you to achieve your many successes.

Charles R