Canada and the Victoria Cross

November 4, 2013

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What can be done to honour the selfless acts of bravery soldiers undertook on behalf of their country? The Victoria Cross is the Commonwealth’s highest decoration for military valour. Initiated by Queen Victoria in 1856, the Victoria Cross was created to commemorate those who went “above and beyond the call of duty in the presence of the enemy”.

To learn more about the Victoria Cross, watch this video from the History Matters series.

The virtual exhibit For Valour shares the extraordinary stories of seven of Canada’s Victoria Cross recipients, such as Andrew Mynarski, who rushed to the back of a burning plane to save a friend’s life at the expense of his own; or Alan McLeod, Canada’s youngest winner of the Victoria Cross in 1918.

For more information on the Canadian recipients of the Victoria Cross, please visit:

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One Response to Canada and the Victoria Cross

  1. Stanley Isherwood says:

    What more can be done…? That’s a little difficult to answer when I’m not sure what has already been done nor who you think might do more, but:
    I have seen a set of two bilingual posters showing all the Canadian V C winners. I wonder if every school in the country has a set on display.
    The greatest way to honour these men might be to use their valour as an inspiration to our youth to work harder for peace. Perhaps 10 Peace Prizes a year could be awarded in their names – the 2014 Billy Bishop Youth Peace Prize, etc.

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