SOURCE: The Royal Canadian Legion

The Royal Canadian Legion

October 31, 2014 10:14 ET

Legion Announces Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother for 2014-15

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - October 31, 2014) - Tom Eagles, Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion, announced Mrs. Gisèle Michaud as the National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother for 2014-2015 earlier today here at Dominion Command.

Mrs. Michaud lost her youngest son, Master Corporal Charles-Philippe Michaud, after he was mortally wounded after stepping on an improvised explosive device while on patrol in the Panjwayi District, southwest of Kandahar City, Afghanistan on June 23rd, 2009. He was transported to a Quebec City hospital on June 28th, 2009 and passed away on July 4th, of that same year.

Mrs. Michaud lives in Edmundston, New Brunswick. She is the 5th mother from New Brunswick to be named as the National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother since the Legion began this tradition more than sixty years ago.

As the National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother, Mrs. Michaud will lay a wreath at the National War Memorial on 11 November 2014 on behalf of all Canadian mothers who have lost a son or a daughter in the military either in action or in the course of his/her normal duty. Throughout the year she will also be called upon to perform other duties honouring the Fallen from all conflicts.

The Memorial (Silver) Cross was instituted on December 1, 1919 and was issued as a memento of personal loss and sacrifices on behalf of all widows and mothers who lost a child while on active duty in the service of their nation or whose death was consequently attributed to such duty.

Every year, Legion provincial commands and individuals forward nominations for the selection of a National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother. These nominations are reviewed by a selection committee at Dominion Command and one mother is chosen for the year which begins on 01 November until the following year.

Mrs. Michaud's husband will be at the ceremony.

For further information please contact Bruce Poulin at Dominion Command, at (613) 591-3335 ext. 241 or by cell at (613) 292-8760 or bruce.poulin@legion.ca. A photo of the National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother is available at: www.legion.ca/GiseleMichaud.jpg.

Biography

Mrs. Michaud

Mrs. Michaud was born and raised in Edmundston, NB. In 1971, she married Conrad Michaud. She worked in retail but is now retired. Her youngest son, Master Corporal Charles-Philippe Michaud, was mortally wounded after stepping on an improvised explosive device while on patrol in the Panjwayi District, southwest of Kandahar City, Afghanistan on June 23rd, 2009. He was transported to a Quebec City hospital on June 28th, 2009 and passed away on July 4th, of that same year. Master Corporal Charles-Philippe has an older brother, Denis.

For the past five years, Mrs. Michaud has undertaken a number of activities to honour her son's memory. She has hosted large delegations of soldiers from Master Corporal Michaud's battalion in Edmundston, NB, on each anniversary of her son's passing and on Remembrance Day. Mrs. Michaud, accompanied by her husband and her eldest son, has also travelled to Kandahar in November 2010. A photo of the National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother is available at: www.legion.ca/GiseleMichaud.jpg.

Biography

Master Corporal Charles-Philippe Michaud

Master Corporal Michaud was mortally wounded after stepping on an improvised explosive device while on patrol in the Panjwayi District, southwest of Kandahar City, Afghanistan on June 23rd, 2009. He was transported to a Quebec City hospital on June 28th, 2009 and passed away on July 4th, of that same year.

He was a member of the 2nd Battalion Royal 22nd Regiment based out of Valcartier, Québec. Born in 1981, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2000. He served in Bosnia in 2002, receiving the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal for Kosovo, and in Lithuania in 2003, receiving the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal. 

Master Corporal Michaud served two tours in Afghanistan. He first served in Kabul in 2004, receiving the General Campaign Star-International Security Assistance Force. Master Corporal Michaud arrived in Kandahar for his second tour of duty in April 2009. He was 28 years old and the 122nd fallen soldier from Canada's mission in Afghanistan.

Called Chuck by his friends, Master Corporal Michaud dreamed of being a soldier throughout his youth. He is remembered as a mentor to his fellow troops and a model soldier. He was an avid hockey player and loved playing guitar and the saxophone.

Contact Information

  • Dominion Command 
    The Royal Canadian Legion 
    (613) 591-3335 
    (613) 591-9335 (FAX) 
    www.legion.ca