The mark of courage under fire, the Star of Military Valour is one of Canada's highest military honours for valour in combat. Established in 1993, it is awarded to members of the Canadian Forces and their comrades-in-arms for "distinguished and valiant service in the presence of the enemy." Its star-shaped insignia graces the reverse of this 25th-anniversary tribute piece, where translucent paint over engraving adds the true colours of the actual decoration. The Star of Military Valour: A History On February 2, 1993, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II approved a series of three military valour decorations to be added to the Canadian Honours System: the Victoria Cross (V.C.), the Star of Military Valour (S.M.V.) and the Medal of Military Valour (M.M.V.).