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Tuesday, January 15, 1991. :   The Victoria Cross for Australia is created by letters patent signed by HM Elizabeth II.

     The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded for acts of bravery in wartime. It was introduced by Queen Victoria on 29 January 1856 to honour bravery shown by individuals during the Crimean War.

The Victoria Cross for Australia was introduced over a century after its inception in the United Kingdom. The highest award in the Australian Honours System, it superseded the original Victoria Cross. The Victoria Cross for Australia was created by letters patent signed by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, on 15 January 1991. It is the "decoration for according recognition to persons who in the presence of the enemy, perform acts of the most conspicuous gallantry, or daring or pre-eminent acts of valour or self-sacrifice or display extreme devotion to duty."

The first Victoria Cross for Australia was awarded on 16 January 2009 to Trooper Mark Donaldson, who rescued a coalition forces interpreter during heavy fire in Afghanistan.


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Thought For Today
On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right-hand side of God's throne.
Hebrews 12:2 (c) GNB
The end result is often worth all the pain and humiliation.

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