UPDATE - 2/27@1:53PM: Here's a CBC news story from 1997 covering the event:
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The Order of Canada is the highest civilian honor that can be presented by the Canadian Government. 20 years ago today on February 26, 1997, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart were given this prestigious honor at Rideau Hall in Ottawa (the official residence of the Governor General of Canada). It marked the first time that the award was given to a group rather than an individual. Here is a transcription of what was said about the band when they were presented with the award. You can watch the video of this presentation below or on YouTube here.
Members of the progressive rock trio Rush. These veterans of the stage have raised over a million dollars for charities such as food banks and The United Way. Their efforts have enhanced an awareness of the plight faced by society's less fortunate, inspiring and awakening the social consciousness of an entire generation. Musicians far and wide have been influenced by the band's accomplishments - a testament to their contribution to popular music.