Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

May 16, 2008 11:20 ET

Canadian Victoria Cross Unveiled

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 16, 2008) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, today unveiled the Canadian Victoria Cross at Rideau Hall, in the presence of the Prime Minister of Canada, parliamentarians, Members of the Canadian Forces, veterans and other distinguished guests.

The Victoria Cross was created for the members of the Canadian Forces, to recognize the highest acts of valour, self-sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty, in the presence of the enemy.

"The Victoria Cross is the highest degree of recognition one could hope to receive in the course of a lifetime" the Governor Gereral said. "It was important to us that we create a design that would honour tradition and that we produce the Canadian Victoria Cross right here in Canada."

The Canadian Victoria Cross is almost identical to the original decoration. It bears the Canadian floral emblems and the motto on the obverse has been changed from "For Valour" to its latin equivalent "Pro Valore". To keep a symbolic link to its past, the decoration was made by including a percentage of the gun metal used in the manufacture of the Commonwealth Victoria Cross. To make a similar link with a Canadian historic event, a percentage of the copper used to produce the Confederation Medal in 1867 was also included.

The Chancellery of Honours, at the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, the Department of National Defence, Natural Resources Canada, the Royal Canadian Mint, Veterans Affairs Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom worked in partnership to produce the Canadian Victoria Cross.

For more information, photos and a booklet on the production of the Canadian Victoria Cross, please visit:

Contact Information

  • Rideau Hall Press Office
    Marie-Paule Thorn
    613-993-2569 Cell.: 613-301-2764