Legion Urges Gov’t to Push for Arctic Star
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.