William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

HONOURING AND RECOGNIZING OUR COMBAT CASUALTIES

Thank you Stephen Harper and Governor General Michelle Jean
You have upgraded Canada’s status upon the world’s scene
What you both have done is recognize our KIA’s who’ve done their part
Our wounded are now recognized equivalent to the USA’s purple heart

Of course some will argue we already had the wound stripe
For those with missing limbs, who lead a handicapped life
The Sacrifice Medal will help Canadians to now recognize
Our wounded in action, those who nearly lost their lives

A medal, as you know will never replace limbs or eyes
But it will honour the sacrifice of those who have died
Those who come home wounded to their parents and wives
A medal is a small recognition for our wounded who survive

New Military Medal To Honour Combat Casualties

Last Updated: Friday, August 29, 2008 | 2:32 PM ET: CBC News

Canadian Sacrifice Medal
The new Sacrifice Medal will have a head shot of the Queen on one side and an image from the Vimy Memorial in France on the other. (Governor General)

A new military medal has been inaugurated to commemorate soldiers and civilians who are wounded or killed while serving Canada.

Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean, who is also the commander-in-chief of the Canadian Forces, announced the creation of the Sacrifice Medal on Friday. It is to be awarded to members of the Canadian military, troops from allied forces or civilians working under the Canadian Forces.

The medal can go to anyone killed or wounded after Oct. 7, 2001 – the date of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan – “under honourable circumstances as a direct result of hostile action,” the Governor General said in a statement.

Designs for the award call for a silver medal about 3.5 centimetres in diameter, with a portrait of the Queen on one side and an image from the Vimy Memorial in France on the other.

The Sacrifice Medal will be awarded to an individual based on the recommendation of a commanding officer.