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Decorations for Bravery

Background

Decorations for Bravery recognize people who risked their lives to try to save or protect another. The Decorations were created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1972. The Governor General personally presents the Decorations in ceremonies held at Rideau Hall, in Ottawa, or at La Citadelle, in Québec City. They consist of the Cross of Valour, the Star of Courage and the Medal of Bravery.

Cross of Valour
awarded for acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril

Star of Courage
awarded for acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril

Medal of Bravery
awarded for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances

Eligibility

Anyone is free to propose the name of someone who has risked injury or death to attempt to rescue another person. The incident need not have taken place in Canada, and the rescuer need not be Canadian, but Canadians or Canadian interests must be involved. The Decorations may be awarded posthumously.

Nominations must be made within two years of the incident, or within two years after a court or a coroner has concluded its review on the circumstances surrounding the incident or act of bravery.

Cross of Valour

Post-nominal: C.V.

Recognizes: acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril

Description: is a gold cross of four equal limbs:

  • the obverse of which is enamelled red and edged in gold with, superimposed in the centre, a gold maple leaf surrounded by a gold wreath of laurel, and on the reverse of which the Royal Cipher (EIIR) and Crown and the inscription VALOUR . VAILLANCE appear
Cross of Valour

Star of Courage

Post-nominal: S.C.

Recognizes: acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril

Description: a silver star of four points with a maple leaf in each of the four angles:

  • on the obverse of which, superimposed in the centre, is a gold maple leaf surrounded by a gold wreath of laurel, and
  • on the reverse of which, the Royal Cipher and Crown and the inscription COURAGE appear
Star of Courage

Medal of Bravery

Post-nominal: M.B.

Recognizes: acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances

Description: a circular silver medal:

  • on the obverse of which is a maple leaf surrounded by a wreath of laurel, and
  • on the reverse of which appear the Royal Cipher and Crown and the inscription BRAVERY.BRAVOURE
Medal of Bravery

Wearing: as prescribed in the protocol for Wearing of Orders, Decorations and Medals (http://www.gg.ca/honours/pdf/wearing_e.pdf)

Updated: 2018-03-26
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