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Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) recognized veterans serving 547 consecutive days from September 3rd, 1939, to March 1st, 1947;
  • After March 1st, 1947, no service medal exists for inclusive recognition for service of Canada's veterans since the end of World War II;
  • A service medal for Cold War veterans and all veterans serving 547 consecutive days does not exist;
  • The Canadian Forces' Decoration is “a long service medal” for 12 years of service and does not cover veterans of the Cold War or veterans serving honourably for periods of 547 days or longer;
  • The creation of a military service medal would bring “Recognition, Inclusiveness and Remembrance” for all our veterans;
  • Since cessation of the CVSM, there no longer exists a medal where possible future bars of notable service could be affixed;
  • A new Canadian military service medal would serve this purpose; and
  • Honouring these veterans, by a new Canadian Forces service medal, would re-establish an inclusive and sincere act of remembrance and kindness by embracing all veterans, becoming embedded in Canadian history, a lasting legacy of Canada’s traditions and heritage for our nation and for those Canadians that have served yet to this day remain unacknowledged.
We, the undersigned, Canadians, call upon the Government of Canada to create a new medal to honour and include Canadian veterans, which honourably served our nation, completing 547 days of uninterrupted honourable duty from September 2nd, 1945, to the present by the issuing of a new and inclusive Canadian military service medal to recognize their service.

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