Trib­ute to Canadian Re­cip­i­ents of the Vic­to­ria Cross

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The Hon­or­able Keith Ash­field, MP for Fredericton, on be­half of the Hon­or­able Shelly Glover, Min­is­ter of Canadian Her­itage and Of­fi­cial Lan­guages, an­nounced fund­ing for a unique vis­ual and ed­u­ca­tional project that aims to bet­ter un­der­stand the ac­tions and sac­ri­fices of Canadian sol­diers in the world wars.

The project, known as the "Toll of War", is man­aged by the Mil­ton F. Gregg Cen­tre for the Study of War and So­ci­ety at the Uni­ver­sity of New Brunswick. The Cen­tre will re­ceive $488,155 for the cre­ation of na­tional cam­paign ban­ners and the devel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als that will pro­mote Canadian re­cip­i­ents of the Vic­to­ria Cross, and will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for Cana­di­ans to bet­ter un­der­stand the im­por­tance of the tran­si­tion pe­ri­ods that both wars con­sti­tuted in the coun­try's his­tory.

Facts:

· Ban­ners will be in­stalled in ma­jor cen­ters across Canada.

· Ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als based on the cur­ricu­lum will be of­fered in both of­fi­cial lan­guages through­out the coun­try, and es­pe­cially fo­cus on the Canadian re­cip­i­ents of the Vic­to­ria Cross.

· The Vic­to­ria Cross is awarded "for con­spic­u­ous brav­ery, for an act of brav­ery, or some dar­ing or self-sac­ri­fice or ex­treme de­vo­tion to duty in the pres­ence of the en­emy."

· The Vic­to­ria Cross was cre­ated by Queen Vic­to­ria in 1856. It was awarded to Cana­di­ans fight­ing in var­i­ous con­flicts un­til the end of World War II. The last one was awarded to a Canadian in 1945.

· So far, 1351 Vic­to­ria Cross and three bars have been awarded world­wide, in­clud­ing 98 Cana­di­ans (ei­ther by birth or mem­bers of the Canadian Forces or who have a close re­la­tion­ship with Canada).

· The Canadian ver­sion of the Vic­to­ria Cross was un­veiled by the Gover­nor-Gen­eral on 16 May 2008. It com­ple­ments other Canadian Dec­o­ra­tions for Brav­ery, in­clud­ing the Star of Mil­i­tary Val­our and the Medal of Mil­i­tary Val­our.

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