Cross of Valour


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Cross of Valour

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(Military) the highest Canadian award for bravery. Abbreviation: CV
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He also received the Cross of Valour on the Western Front, a medal for his action in defending Poland in 1939, and an air force medal from Poland.
I argued in an Esprit commentary of early 2008 (Volume 15 Issue 1) that although Garrett displayed an incredible sense of duty, his actions did not meet the criteria required of the Cross of Valour.
Awarding him a posthumous Cross of Valour would set a dangerous precedent.
Clearly the final actions of Constable Garrett resulting from his cascade of pistol fire that wounded and later caused his murderer to be arrested and that potentially prevented a mass-murder spree meets and then exceeds the criteria required for the awarding of the Cross of Valour.
This selfless act has been unrewarded long enough and demands only a Cross of Valour.
When I pulled out the Cross of Valour - the highest medal available to the Polish rank and file - it glinted in the sunlight.
It emerged that Jan, who was awarded the Cross of Valour in 1945 in Vatican City, probably received it from the Pope.
Although Garrett displayed an incredible sense of duty in pursuing his assailant and wounding him, his actions do not meet the criteria required of the Cross of Valour, which is to be presented only "for acts of most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril.
The Cross of Valour is the nearest civilian equivalent of the military's Victoria Cross.
Yesterday it was revealed that Canada was considering posthumously awarding him the prestigious Cross of Valour and Star of Courage.