The Conservative government has been criticized for its obsession with Canada's military history but it did the right thing with this week's belated recognition of the Canadians who served in Bomber Command during the Second World War.
As the Globe and Mail reports, the government is awarding veterans of the Allied bombing offensive a commemorative bar (a medal essentially) in recognition of their harrowing service in one of the bloodiest campaigns of the war.
According to a Veterans Affairs Canada news release, the honour is worn in the form of a ribbon of the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal. Veterans and their families can apply for the decoration.
Some 50,000 Canadians flew in bomber crews, which had the highest casualty rates of any Allied service branch.
According to the Bomber Command Museum of Canada's web site, of the 120,000 British and Commonwealth flyers who served in Bomber Command, almost 56,000 were killed, with an overall casualty rate of more than 50 per cent dead andRead More »from Canadian government gives overdue recognition to veterans of deadly WWII bombing campaign