This general service award has been created as a means to recognize - in a timelier manner - those who serve in operations in the presence of an armed enemy. Rather than creating a new honour for each new Canadian Forces operation as it arises, the General Campaign Star and General Service Medal - with their theatre or service specific ribbons - can be awarded in future to honour participation in any operation that meets the criteria.
In my house we have a military shadow box from my father. He is a veteran that put some of his greatest years into the service. The box is just a simple way to remember what he did for us. http://www.usshadows.net