Peter MacKay Presents Bomber Command Bars to Local Veterans at Special
HALIFAX, Jan. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadian Veterans of Bomber Command and
their families were in attendance today for a special Bomber Command
Bar ceremony. The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and
Attorney General of Canada, presented the bars on behalf of the
Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs. Created by the
Government of Canada, this bar of honour formally recognizes the
service and sacrifices of these brave Canadians. Minister MacKay
presented the Bomber Command Bar to Daniel Britton, John Douglas
Havill, Robert Lloyd Burton and Allan John MacLeod at the Camp Hill
Veterans' Memorial Building.
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 the 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
"I am pleased to present the Bomber Command Bar, on behalf of the
Government of Canada, at Camp Hill today. These four brave Canadians
who served in Bomber Command operations during the Second World War
showed incredible courage in the face of adversity, and today we honour
their contribution to Canadian democracy. I am very pleased to be here
to congratulate them on their service to their country."
The Honourable Peter McKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of
"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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