The Arctic Star medal recognizes Allied Veterans serving in the Arctic
during the Second World War
VICTORIA, BC, May 22, 2014 /CNW/ - Veterans Affairs Canada
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today
presented the first British Arctic Star medals to Canadian Armed Forces
Veterans Norman George Alex Anderson, Edward Earl Dallin, Roland
Jacques Lavallee, and James S. Russell at a ceremony in Victoria,
The Arctic Star, a military honour unveiled by the Government of the
United Kingdom in 2012, is granted for operational service of any
length north of the Arctic Circle from September 3, 1939, to May 8,
1945. It is available to all Commonwealth Forces, including members of
the Canadian Armed Forces and Merchant Navy. The Government of Canada
recently accepted the addition of the British Arctic Star to the
Canadian Order of Precedence.
Many Canadians served on Allied convoys as they sailed across the Arctic
Ocean during the Second World War to deliver vital supplies to the
Soviet Union. Commonly known as the Murmansk Run, ships departed from
North American ports and sailed to the northern Soviet Union in an
effort to assist them in their fight against Germany. The mission is
renowned for the brutal conditions and heavy casualties endured by the
troops who served.
The Arctic Star commemorates and recognizes the particular severity of
the conditions experienced by those who served in the Arctic during the
Second World War.
Eligible Veterans and next-of-kin can now apply for the Arctic Star.
To receive a copy of the application form or more information on the
Arctic Star, contact Veterans Affairs Canada by calling, toll free, 1-866-522-2122, or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting veterans.gc.ca.
"It is truly an honour to present the Arctic Star to these most
deserving Canadian Veterans of the Second World War. We thank you for
your courage, bravery and sacrifices in the extreme conditions of the
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Press Secretary Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada