I'm back home after a lovely week's holiday with one of our sons and his family. As promised, I wanted to share about our happy day when my husband received his Order of Australia Medal.
The ceremony was held at Government House, Queensland. It's a place I know well as my grandmother lived opposite the extensive grounds and when I visited as a child, we used to see the then Governor walking his dog! Never did I dream that one day I would be invited inside!
The ceremony itself was a lovely intimate occasion. There were 24 medals presented, including Public Service, Police and Bravery awards. There were just seven receiving the Order of Australia Medal.
The Governor was very personable and pleasant and took time to speak at length with each recipient.
She then patiently posed so that the recipient's guests could get photos.
During the morning tea out on the lawn, the Governor went around to each recipient to meet their families.
My darling husband of 45 years.
The Governor said in her speech that less than 50% of people nominated for the OAM actually end up receiving it, as the requirements are so stringent and they are investigated very thoroughly. It has to be exceptional service to be awarded. Can you imagine how proud we are?
The medals in their gold-embossed box and velvet folder.
It was extra special to have our three children living in Australia being able to attend the occasion.
Thanks for indulging me in my proud moment!