MP Gordon Brown presents Bomber Command Bar to local Veteran at special
BROCKVILLE, ON, March 14, 2014 /CNW/ - A Canadian Veteran of Bomber
Command was presented a Bomber Command Bar today during a special
ceremony in Brockville. On behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino,
Minister of Veterans Affairs, Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament for
Leeds-Grenville, presented the bar to Mr. Donald Bunce. Created by the
Government of Canada, this bar of honour formally recognizes the
service and sacrifices of the brave Canadian Veterans of Bomber
In addition to the creation of the Bomber Command Bar, the Government of
Canada also helped in creating the new Bomber Command Memorial in
London, United Kingdom. This memorial honours all members of Bomber
Command from Allied countries and those who made the ultimate
Applications for the bar continue to be received and processed by
Veterans Affairs Canada. Canadian Veterans who served as part of Bomber
Command or their families are encouraged to apply online for the honour
or download a hardcopy of the application form at veterans.gc.ca. Veterans may also request an application form by calling 1-866-522-2122
(English) or 1-866-522-2022 (French).
Canada played a vital role in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan
The BCATP graduates formed the backbone of Bomber Command.
Many Canadians served with RCAF squadrons in No. 6 Bomber Group.
By the end of the Second World War, No. 6 Bomber Group had carried out
more than 40,000 sorties.
Approximately 8,000 decorations for bravery were awarded to No. 6 Bomber
Approximately 10,000 Canadians paid the ultimate price as part of Bomber
The Bomber Command Bar is worn on the ribbon of the Canadian Volunteer
To date 2,306 Bomber Command bars have been issued to recipients.
"Seventy years after the last planes of Bomber Command touched down
during the Second World War, I am pleased to formally honour and
recognize the contributions of Mr. Bunce in winning the battle in the
skies over Europe. I could not be happier for you and your family."
Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville
"Our Government is proud to have created this bar to honour Canadian
Veterans who served in Bomber Command. These Canadians fought for
peace, freedom and democracy, with many losing their lives in these
missions in the skies over Europe. We are proud to recognize them for
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
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SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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