Canadian War Museum successful in its bid to acquire the Shankland Victoria Cross at auction



    OTTAWA, May 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian War Museum is delighted to
announce its successful purchase at auction today of the Robert Shankland
medal set, which includes both the Victoria Cross and Distinguished Conduct
Medal.
    "Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Shankland's story is an essential part of the
national heritage of all Canadians" stated Mark O'Neill, the Museum's Director
General. "The story of this great Canadian and his contribution to our history
deserves to be preserved in our national military museum."
    "The War Museum has done Canada a great service" says Canadian Heritage
Minister James Moore. "This medal, and the heroism that earned it, are part of
our proud history of service and sacrifice. On behalf of Prime Minister
Stephen Harper, the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I salute the
Museum for its commitment and support in honouring our past."
    With its successful purchase, the Canadian War Museum now holds 30 of the
94 Victoria Crosses awarded to Canadians in its collections.
    The medal set was purchased with the assistance of the Museum's National
Collection Fund. The Fund, which is an ongoing fundraising initiative
established in 2005 by the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation,
enables the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of Civilization to
acquire artifacts that might otherwise be lost to Canadian national heritage.
    Lieutenant-Colonel Shankland's medal set consists of the Victoria Cross,
Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal 1914-1920, Victory Medal
1914-1919, Defense Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Bar,
War Medal 1939-1945, King George VI Coronation Medal 1937, and the Queen
Elizabeth II Coronation Medal 1953.

    The Canadian War Museum is Canada's national museum of military history.
Its mission is to promote public understanding of Canada's military history in
its personal, national, and international dimensions.




For further information:

For further information: Pierre Leduc, Media Relations Officer, (819)
776-8607, pierre.leduc@warmuseum.ca; Yasmine Mingay, Chief, Media Relations,
(819) 776-7167, yasmine.mingay@civilisations.ca

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