November 10 – As of today, a new commemorative licence plate is available in British Columbia for recipients of the Memorial Cross.  The announcement was made today in Vancouver by the Honourable Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister for Jobs, Tourism and Skills Tranining.  The first licence plate was presented to Prince George resident Ron McCully.

“Ron talked to me shortly after the loss of his son Matthew in Afghanistan and asked if our government would consider a Memorial Cross licence plate to honour families like his who had experienced the heartbreak of losing a loved one in service to our country.” Minister Bond, who is also the MLA for Prince George-Valemount, said. “I was deeply moved by his request and recognized this would be another important and visible demonstration of our gratitude.  I took the request to Minister Stone and am thrilled that we now have the opportunity to honour Memorial Cross recipients in this way.  It is a very special day in our province and I am thankful we could respond in a positive way to this idea.  I look forward to working with other Northern Memorial Cross families to obtain their license plates should they choose to have one.”

Mike Morris, MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie joined in the congratulations “We as British Columbians owe a great debt to our veterans and the memorial cross recipients in particular have earned a great honour. This memento serves to acknowledge that outstanding service. ”

“This new licence plate is meaningful for my family, as this pays tribute to my son, Cpl. Matthew McCully,” said Ron McCully, Memorial Cross recipient. “Thank you to the B.C. government and ICBC for developing and producing this new licence plate for those of us who have lost a loved one in the line of duty.”

“We’re proud to help recognize and honour the value of Canadian Armed Forces members by introducing the Memorial Cross recipient licence plate program in B.C.,” said Mark Blucher, ICBC’s president and CEO.

Memorial Cross plates are only available to official Memorial Cross recipients. Memorial Cross eligibility is determined by the Department of National Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada.

Official Memorial Cross recipients may request a B.C. Memorial Cross licence plate by contacting ICBC headquarters at 604-982-6467 or they can visit the website:http://www.icbc.com/vehicle-registration/licence-plates/Pages/memorial-cross-plates.aspx

There is no fee for this special licence plate.

This licence plate has purple letters on a white background, with the Memorial Cross symbol on the left and the Canadian flag on the right. A front and rear plate will be issued, and must both be affixed to the vehicle.

There will also be an option of a ‘keepsake plate’ should a Memorial Cross recipient want to receive a plate, but not display it on their vehicle.

Besides B.C., Saskatchewan is the only other province in Canada that currently offers a Memorial Cross plate.