One of the nation’s former high navy commanders helps to steer a push to honour some veterans of fight within the Afghanistan struggle with Canada’s highest navy honour — the Victoria Cross.
Former chief of the defence workers basic Rick Hillier is amongst these behind a grassroots marketing campaign and an upcoming documentary that may inform the tales of 10 recipients of the Military Star of Valour, the nation’s second-highest navy ornament.
Canada exited the Afghan struggle in 2014 after 13 years on the bottom — a lot of them in fight — with out awarding a single Victoria Cross.
The award for “extraordinary valour and devotion to duty while facing a hostile force” was created as a singularly Canadian honour in 1993, after greater than a century of being a British Commonwealth-administered quotation.
“We had decided to celebrate our own, except we’ve never done it,” Hillier stated in a Remembrance Day message posted on-line on Tuesday — mentioning that Canada itself has by no means given a Victoria Cross to a Canadian soldier.
He’s asking the general public to hitch a marketing campaign to award the Victoria Cross “to a soldier or soldiers whom you judge deserving.”
A gaggle of 5 former troopers, all of whom served abroad, have researched the instances and are planning to assemble a documentary, tentatively titled “Valour in the Presence of the Enemy,” stated retired corporal Bruce Moncur.
Moncur stated he wouldn’t determine the 10 troopers — all recipients of the Star of Military Valour — since neither they nor any surviving relations have been notified.
Hillier stated their tales can be introduced to the general public — it isn’t clear when or how — and pledged that the marketing campaign will supply its suggestions by Remembrance Day of subsequent yr.
The British, the Australians and the New Zealanders have every given out a handful of VCs for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, whereas the United States has awarded a number of Medals of Honour — the American equal — in each wars.
A spokesperson for the navy stated “no recommendations for a Victoria Cross were put forward (to the governor general) by the Canadian Armed forces prior to 2012.”
Canadian troops ended their fight mission in Kandahar in 2011 and Canadian forces had been withdrawn from Afghanistan three years later.
Since then, two of Canada’s chiefs of the defence workers — retired basic Walt Natynczyk and the present high commander Gen. Jonathan Vance — have launched evaluations to ensure that every soldier obtained the right quotation.
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“A review committee reported to Chief of the Defence Staff General Natynczyk that the process had been fair and consistent, and that all awards respected the intent and criteria of the decoration,” stated Lt. Stéphany Lura.
The evaluation requested by Vance concluded that “all honours for the Afghanistan mission had been processed and the time limits for such nominations (two years between the action and the nomination for Military Valour and Bravery Decorations) had elapsed.”
Previously, the navy has stated it follows a stringent course of, and a nomination for a bravery award should cross by a minimum of three committees of senior officers.
The final of Canada’s 94 Victoria Cross medals had been handed out throughout the Second World War — earlier than Canada took over the award. The nation’s final residing recipient, Private Ernest “Smokey” Smith, died in 2005.