The Royal Canadian Legion

The Royal Canadian Legion

May 01, 2014 11:34 ET

Legion Efforts Successful in Advancing Awarding of Arctic Star Medal

Governor General Approves Veterans to Wear Medal

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 1, 2014) - Canadian World War Two Veterans of the "Murmansk Run" are now able to wear their Arctic Star medals thanks in part to the strong advocacy of The Royal Canadian Legion.

"There are some 200 Veterans of this action still alive today and we are so pleased these brave Veterans are now authorized to proudly wear their Arctic Star Medal with the honour and recognition they deserve," says Gordon Moore, Dominion President of the Legion.

Braving treacherous seas and temperatures as low as -60ºC, Veterans ran the gauntlet of German planes and U-boats to supply the Soviet ports of Murmansk and Archangel between 1939 and 1945. More than 3,000 men died, 85 merchant ships and 16 Royal Navy vessels were lost. In late 2012, nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, the British government introduced the Arctic Star to honour these brave men and women. The medal is awarded for operational service of any length north of the Arctic Circle between 3 September 1939 and 8 May of 1945.

In January 2014 and again in March, the Legion wrote the Governor General and the Federal Government seeking to advance the recognition of this award. The order in the Canada Gazette can be read here: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2014/2014-04-09/html/si-tr30-eng.php

The application form and background information for the Arctic Star Medal may be found at: http://www.veteransuk.info/arctic_star_index.htm.

ABOUT THE LEGION

Established in 1926, the Legion is the largest Veterans' and community support organization in Canada with more than 320,000 members. Its mission is to serve all Veterans including serving Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police members as well as their families, to promote Remembrance and to serve our communities and our country.

The Legion's Service Bureau Network provides assistance and representation to all Veterans regarding their disability claims, benefits and services from Veterans Affairs Canada and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. In communities across Canada it is the Legion that perpetuates Remembrance through the Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day ceremonies. With more than 1, 460 branches, the Legion supports programs for seniors, Veterans' housing, outreach and visitation, youth leadership, education, sports, Cadets, Guides and Scouts.

We Will Remember Them.

Contact Information

  • Bruce Poulin
    Dominion Command
    The Royal Canadian Legion
    (613) 591-3335 ext. 241
    Cell: (613) 292-8760
    bruce.poulin@legion.ca