Norm Crerar (Don Weixl photo)

Vernon tattoo founder earns Governor General medal

Norm Crerar to be awarded Meritorious Service Medal

The founder of the Okanagan Military Tattoo has earned a major honour.

Vernon’s Norm Crerar will receive, from Governor General, the right honourable Julie Payette, the Meritorious Service Medal, presented to Canadians to recognize the outstanding accomplishments that set an example for others to follow and bring benefit to the country.

RELATED: The 5th Annual Military Tattoo is in Vernon this weekend

RELATED: Okanagan Military Tattoo announces new honourary patron

“I feel honoured and humbled,” said Crerar, who received a call in the summer about the medal as he was going into a committee meeting for the 2018 Tattoo. He was informed the medal was in recognition of starting the tattoo.

“There are heaps of people who make the tattoo happen,” said Crerar. “It was just my idea. Lots of good friends work on the tattoo with me. At least, I still think they’re friends.”

Crerar, in 2012, returned from a pipe band event in Vancouver. His pipe band, the Kalamalka Highlanders, had been invited to perform at a halftime show at B.C. Place at a B.C. Lions football game, a Tribute to Veterans. There were 10 pipe bands and five brass and reed bands, 400 musicians in total.

“We marched down the length of the field, played Amazing Grace and marched back,” said Crerar. “Speaking with our pipe band president at the time, Craig Tilander, I mentioned that this is what it must feel like to be in a tattoo, and he agreed.”

When Crerar got back to Vernon, he called up friend Derek Hall, a military historian, and, with a group of like-minded people, started making plans for the inaugural Okanagan Military Tattoo.

“Derek and I are the only ones left from the initial group, but we have gathered up some very dedicated people, hundreds of volunteers and community sponsors to put on the very successful Okanagan Military Tattoo over the past five years,” said Crerar.

The sixth annual Okanagan Military Tattoo is set for July 27 and 28, 2019, at Kal Tire Place.

No date for a ceremony for Crerar’s medal presentation has been established.

To report a typo, email:

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Vernon’s 2020 Tattoo planning begins

The Okanagan Military Tattoo, Vernon’s largest indoor event, will run July 25-26 at Kal Tire Place

Missing Okanagan teens believed to be in Armstrong

Young couple was reported missing last week

Okanagan gymnasts light the stage with original production

The Light Keeper fuses drama, dance, music, circus arts, gymnastics and more

Groups benefit from Vernon pee wee hockey tourney

Coca Cola Classic directors donate $1,000 each to Greater Vernon KidSport and Cops For Kids

Vernon Paralympian enshrined in Hall of Fame

Josh Dueck won three Paralympic medals in Para Alpine Skiing, including gold in 2014 in Russia

Cold, stormy winter forecast across much of Canada, The Weather Network predicts

In British Columbia temperatures will be slightly above normal and precipitation will be just below normal

Kelowna team wins Summerland junior curling tournament

Okanagan teams will be competing to qualify for B.C. Winter Games and B.C. U18 Championships

Protest planned against Kelowna RCMP’s high unfounded sexual assault numbers

Kelowna RCMP deemed almost 40 per cent of sexual assault reports as “unfounded” in 2018

B.C. woman ordered to return dog to ex-boyfriend for $2,000

After the two broke up, documents state, they agree to share custody of the dog, named Harlen

Abbotsford police chief mulls more enforcement of homeless lawbreakers

‘When all else has failed we have to hold people accountable,’ Police Chief Mike Serr tells council

Summerland Festival of Lights will have entertainment three stages

Organizers anticipate 12,000 to 14,000 people to attend event to launch festive season

Striking Vancouver hotel workers, employer reach ‘tentative’ agreement

Employees of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia have been out at picket lines since talks broke off on Sept. 21

RCMP cut free activists chained to Kelowna bank, placed under arrest

The group is protesting Interior Savings Credit Union’s support of Kelowna Ribfest

Cell phone tickets worse tax grab than speed limits, SenseBC says

Distracted driving statistics questioned as B.C. tickets pile up

Most Read