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  • tom4141fournier
    Exciting news! Also please note an additional new Honour: The Creation of the Commemorative Theatre Honour and Honorary Distinction DEFENCE OF CANADA –
    Message 1 of 3 , Sep 16, 2012
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      Exciting news!

      Also please note an additional new Honour:

      The Creation of the Commemorative Theatre Honour and Honorary Distinction "DEFENCE OF CANADA – 1812-1815 – DÉFENSE DU CANADA"
      BG–12.045 - September 14, 2012

      As part of the Government of Canada's commemoration of the War of 1812, on September 14, 2012, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the creation of an emblazonable Theatre Honour and a non-emblazonable Honorary Distinction, both entitled "DEFENCE OF CANADA – 1812-1815 – DÉFENSE DU CANADA". These new unit honours will be awarded to historical Canadian colonial units which saw active service during the War of 1812. In turn, these units will be perpetuated by current serving Canadian Forces (CF) units.

      The Theatre Honour and the Honorary Distinction "DEFENCE OF CANADA – 1812-1815 – DÉFENSE DU CANADA" were created to recognize the contribution of historical units to the success of the War of 1812. They also serve to recognize their contribution to the foundation of Canada and the modern military forces in this country. The Theatre Honour is awarded to units who participated in a successful engagement against an armed enemy, whereas the Honorary Distinction is awarded to units who participated in other active service, such as garrison duties, or being held in reserve but have not been successfully engaged with the enemy.

      For the purpose of the War of 1812 commemoration, the newly created Theatre Honour can be emblazoned or embroidered onto perpetuating unit Colours, Guidons, or Standards in the traditional battle honour scroll format. The Honorary Distinction is non-emblazonable and cannot be embroidered onto perpetuating unit Colors, Guidons, or Standards. It may, however, be placed on unit accoutrements such as letterhead, drum major's sashes, drums and websites. In the latter case, there is no associated symbol or image to the Honorary Distinction and will be displayed in full, italicized text, as "DEFENCE OF CANADA – 1812-1815 – DÉFENSE DU CANADA".

      In accordance with CF traditions and unit honours policy, historical Canadian militia units which are awarded these new honours can be perpetuated by current CF units. Other current units have been awarded the new honours directly to commemorate the service of Fencible regiments of the British Army that were recruited in North America. As such, to date the Chief of the Defence Staff has approved awards and the perpetuations listed below:

      (A very extensive list follows, best to check through the link: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=4378 )
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