Wednesday, March 3, 2010

#105 Canada...Thanks Trevor!

The left 57c stamp was issued on Feb.02,2010 to launch Canada Black History Month honoring William Hall V.C.

William Hall VC (1825–1904) was the first black person, first Nova Scotian, and third Canadian to receive the Victoria Cross.He was born to former American slaves and joined the crew of an American trading vessel in 1844 and the Royal Navy in 1852. He fought in the Crimean War and Indian Mutiny.

The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest military decoration which is, or has been, awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy" to members of the armed forces of various Commonwealth countries, and previous British Empire territories. It takes precedence over all other orders, decorations and medals. It may be awarded to a person of any rank in any service and civilians under military command.

The middle 57c stamp was issued on Feb.08,2010 honoring Romeo LeBlanc, governor general of Canada from 1995 to 1999.

LeBlanc was born and educated on Canada's east coast and also studied in France prior to becoming a teacher and then a journalist for Radio-Canada. He was subsequently elected to the House of Commons in 1972, whereafter he served as a minister of the Crown until 1984, when he was moved to the Senate and became that chamber's Speaker. LeBlanc's later appointment as the Queen's representative caused some controversy, due to perceptions of political favouritism, though he was praised for raising the stature of Acadians and francophones, and for opening up Rideau Hall to ordinary Canadians and tourists alike.

LeBlanc died in 2009 after a slow decline from Alzheimer's disease.

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