Victoria Cross

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The Victoria Cross is Britain’s highest military decoration. It is awarded for valour in the face of the enemy.

Introduced by Queen Victoria on January 29, 1856, the action for the award has to be witnessed by three others who give signed statements. The original ribbons were red for the army and deep blue for the navy.

Since its inception the RAF has been formed and the ribbon is now a wine red.