Tribute to Canadian Recipients of the Victoria Cross
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.
· 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.