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  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Canadian Special Operations Forces Command

Ottawa, Ontario
Approval of a Badge
May 15, 2008
Vol. V, p. 285

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Blazon

Badge

Gules a V-42 fighting knife proper;

Motto

VIAM INVENIEMUS;


Symbolism

Badge

The V-42 fighting knife, originally used by members of the Canadian-American First Special Service Force, represents the nature of Special Operations as conducted by CANSOFCOM: agile, stealthy and lethal; anywhere, any time. The red background represents Canada and is evocative of action, confidence, courage and vitality.

Motto

VIAM INVENIEMUS, meaning “We shall find a way”.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 22, 2008, in Volume 142, page 2987 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Stephen Haughn, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
Eva Pilar-Cass

Calligrapher
Shirley Mangione


Recipient Information

Military Institution
Military