Canadians who served at least one day with Canadian forces, or with any other Allied force including the Canadian or British Merchant Navy, either at home or abroad, during the Second World War, are eligible to apply for the commemorative lapel pin and 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.
Canada’s contribution to the Second World War was disproportionately large, with more than one million Canadians and New found landers serving, more than 55,000 soldiers were wounded and over 45,000 gave their lives. This tribute is a reminder to all Canadians of the great sacrifices given by those who courageously defended our freedom and peace, and a small gesture of pride and appreciation to our veterans.