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e-127 (Military medals and decorations)

Initiated by David Palmer from Nepean, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • At one time the Government of Canada issued “The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal’ (CVSM), a Volunteer Service Medal to recognize Canadians who served voluntarily in the Canadian Forces;
  • This honourable and noteworthy acknowledgment of volunteerism by our Veterans and our Troops abruptly stopped on 1 March 1947;
  • Only one other determined period was ever recognized, that being Korea where only those Troops received a specified Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea;
  • Veterans Affairs Canada considers any former member of the Canadian Armed Forces who releases with an honourable discharge and who successfully underwent basic training to be a Veteran; and
  • Many Veterans and Troops, who with courage and conviction also volunteered to serve were never and have never been recognized or acknowledged by means of a volunteer service medal.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, respectfully request (or call upon) the Government of Canada to recognize by means of the creation and issuance of a new “Canadian Military Volunteer Service Medal” (CMVSM), to be designated “The Canadian Military Volunteer Service Medal", for volunteer service by Canadians in the Regular Forces and Reserve Military Forces and Cadet Corps Support Staff who have completed 365 days of uninterrupted honourable duty in the service of their country Canada, since 2 September 1945 to present day and in perpetuity.
Government response tabled on September 19, 2016 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-45-02)
Open for signature
January 18, 2016, at 11:20 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 17, 2016, at 11:20 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Bill Casey (Cumberland—Colchester)
June 16, 2016 (Petition No. 421-00523)
Government response tabled
September 19, 2016
Photo - Bill Casey
Liberal Caucus
Nova Scotia
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