Legion Urges Gov’t to Push for Arc­tic Star

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In De­cem­ber 2013, the Legion took on the plight of some 200 Cana­dian Vet­er­ans of the “Mur­mansk Run” still alive to­day and asked that these brave Vet­er­ans be au­tho­rized to proudly wear their Arc­tic Star Medal with the honor and recog­ni­tion they de­serve.

While the let­ter was ac­knowl­edged, no au­tho­riza­tion ap­pears to be forth­com­ing. “These Vet­er­ans are get­ting older, they ea­gerly want to add these medals to their chests and it would be a great distinc­tion for them to wear this medal be­fore they pass away,” says Do­min­ion Pres­i­dent Gor­don Moore.

Hun­dreds of Cana­dian Vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies have been able to ap­ply for the Arc­tic Star through the Bri­tish govern­ment for their ser­vice in the Arc­tic in World War II… but they may not legally wear it in Canada.

The Cana­dian Hon­ors Sys­tem has yet to rec­og­nize this im­por­tant medal. While shame­ful, The Royal Cana­dian Legion is urg­ing the Cana­dian Govern­ment to make it a mat­ter of pri­or­ity to rec­og­nize the medal for those ag­ing Vet­er­ans who de­serve to be rec­og­nized for their brav­ery.

Brav­ing treach­er­ous seas and tem­per­a­tures as low as - 60ºC, Vet­er­ans ran the gaunt­let of Ger­man planes and U-boats to sup­ply the Soviet ports of Mur­mansk and Archangel be­tween 1939 and 1945. More than 3,000 men died, 85 mer­chant ships and 16 Royal Navy ves­sels were lost. In late 2012, nearly 70 years af­ter the end of World War II, the Bri­tish govern­ment in­tro­duced the Arc­tic Star to honor these brave men and women. The medal is awarded for op­er­a­tional ser­vice of any length north of the Arc­tic Cir­cle be­tween 3 Septem­ber 1939 and 8 May of 1945.

The ap­pli­ca­tion form and back­ground in­for­ma­tion for the Arc­tic Star Medal may be found at: http://www.vet­er­an­suk.info/arc­tic_s­tar_in­dex.htm.

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