Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Heritage and Traditions

  1. Can a person outside of the military chain-of-command receive a military gun salute?
  2. Can my section, NDHQ directorate, etc., have an authorized badge?
  3. Can the National Flag be dipped on parade?
  4. Can the UN Flag be used to drape a casket or can a UN beret be placed on a casket?
  5. Do I have to have my medals court-mounted?
  6. How is the Canadian flag folded during a funeral ceremony?
  7. I received a foreign award. May I wear it on my uniform?
  8. I served in the Gulf and Kuwait War. May I wear my Saudi Arabian medal as well as my Canadian Gulf and Kuwait Medal?
  9. May I wear a relative's medals?
  10. What are the origins of the Christmas dinner?
  11. Where can I get a copy of a change-of-command certificate?
  12. Who can get a battle honour and can one be given outside of a war zone?

Question

I received a foreign award. May I wear it on my uniform?

Answer

Canadian honours policy requires Government approval before an order, decoration or medal can be awarded to one of its citizens. Canada will not approve the honour for wear unless it emanates from a head of state or government. Except for courtesy reasons at the time of presentation, honours, unless approved by the Government Honours Policy Committee, cannot be worn with other national honours or on a Canadian Forces uniform.