New military medal to honour combat casualties

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

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 U.S.-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.