01/10/2015 11:08 EST | Updated 03/12/2015 05:59 EDT

New Brunswick university receives federal funding for Victoria Cross project

FREDERICTON - The Canadian government is spending nearly half a million dollars on a program that will inform Canadians about the country's Victoria Cross recipients during the First and Second World Wars.

The University of New Brunswick's Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society will receive $488,000 for the Toll of War project.

The funding will help create a visual educational campaign about Victoria Cross recipients during the world wars.

Nearly 100 Canadians received the Victoria Cross between the time it was created by Queen Victoria in 1856 and when the Second World War ended in 1945.

The Victoria Cross was given to people who displayed bravery, extreme devotion, valour or self-sacrifice in the presence of an enemy.

Canada unveiled its own version of the Victoria Cross, which retains some of the same design and awarding criteria, in 2008. (CKHJ, The Canadian Press)