The Memorial (Silver) Cross was first authorized on December 1, 1919.  It was meant as a reminder of personal loss and sacrifice on the part of widows and mothers of Canadian servicemen who died while on active duty.

The National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother is selected annually by the Legion, from the nominations submitted by Legion Provincial Commands as well as individuals.  The Silver Cross Mother chosen represents the mothers of Canada at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa.  At this ceremony, the Silver Cross Mother places a wreath at the base of the National War Memorial on behalf of all those mothers who have lost children in the military service of Canada.  Her tenure begins on November 1st and throughout the year, the Silver Cross Mother carries out other official duties as required.  This year, Mrs. Diana Abel has been named the National Silver Cross Mother.