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.
As part of Canada’s World Wars Commemoration period, all living Canadian Veterans of the Second World War are eligible to receive a limited-edition commemorative lapel pin and a certificate of recognition.
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 you know of someone who might be eligible, please contact my office as soon as possible.
For more information regarding the national tribute to Canada’s living Second World War Veterans, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions about the 75th anniversary of Canada’s engagement in the Second World War.
“As Canadians, we have a responsibility to reflect upon our country’s past, and remember those who served to protect the values that we cherish so dearly today. Our government is honoured to pay tribute to Canada’s Veterans of the Second World War by presenting them with these pins and certificates as symbols of our country’s enduring pride and gratitude.”
– The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs