Brandon, MB -- Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris is requesting that veterans from Brandon-Souris who served in the Second World War contact his office to guarantee they receive a limited-edition commemorative lapel pin and a personalized certificate of recognition offered by Veterans Affairs Canada. Veterans are encouraged to call 1-204-726-7600 to register to receive the commemorative pin and personalized certificate.
The design of the commemorative pin and the illustration on the certificate are based on the original "Victory Nickel" which features a flaming torch and a large 'V' standing both for victory and the coin's denomination. The coin was originally in circulation from 1943 to 1945, and was re-issued in 2005 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.
"If your neighbour, friend or loved one served in the Second World War, please contact my office as soon as you can so Veterans Affairs Canada will ensure they receive their limited-edition commemorative lapel pin and a personalized certificate of recognition," said Maguire.
The Second World War marked the first time Canada declared war of its own accord. Though Britain and France declared war on September 3, 1939, King George VI would not announce Canada's entry until September 10, 1939, following approval during a special session of our country's Parliament.
With a population of some 11 million in 1939, Canada's contribution to the Second World War was disproportionately large. From 1939 to 1945, more than one million Canadians and Newfoundlanders served, with more than 55,000 wounded and over 45,000 giving their lives.
It is estimated that there are approximately 80,000 Canadian Second World War Veterans alive today. Canadians who served at least one day with the Canadian forces or with any other Allied force, including the Canadian or British Merchant Navy, either home or abroad, during the Second World War are eligible to apply for the commemorative lapel pin and certificate.
"As a proud and grateful nation it is our responsibility to remember all those who served our country during the Second World War-including the more than 45,000 Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice for our shared values of freedom and democracy," concluded Maguire.