Minister Fantino Presents First British Arctic Star Medals to Second World War Veterans

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, British Columbia.

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.

Quick Facts

  • 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 awards-citations@vac-acc.gc.ca or visiting veterans.gc.ca.

Quote

"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 Arctic."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs

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SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada

For further information:

Nicholas Bergamini
Press Secretary Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
613-996-4649

Media Relations
Veterans Affairs Canada
613-992-7468


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