Legion Awards not Military Decorations!

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PEI Command Letter to Guardian 25th July 2016

Finally the President of Provincial Command has responded to my many letters regarding the wearing of medals. In his haste to show how wrong I’m he fails to spell my name correctly, not once, but four times. He claims I have taken the selling of legion medals out of context? not sure how he arrived at that conclusion. Anyone who wishes to check the facts, can find the ads in back issues of the Legion Magazine. The Legion 90th anniversary medal was advertised at $25 plus P & P to all legion members More recently the 150 medal was also advertised at $25. I find it equally difficult to justify his comparison. If its okay for Boy Scouts-Cadets and Knights of Columbus to wear medals why not the legion. Perhaps he needs a reminder, the legion is a veterans organization and the majority of veterans have and wear actual medals earned in the service of their country. Veterans do not need to buy legion medals. Finally and apart from the spelling of my name, Mr John Yeo avoids completely the crucial issue I have been urging. That of family members wearing their late loved ones medals on the right breast to Remembrance Day Services. I found it very typical when Provincial Command President Yeo  quoted policy. I would be remiss if I did not mention that old legion chestnut!! “The legion does not say family members cannot not wear medals, we are just informing them of the law”.LOL the legion strongly support this law. I rest my case.

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A Pleasant Saturday Evening

001001Life is good, Linda and I sat out in our home made gazebo for an hour or so this evening. We sipped a cold beer and listened to the sounds of birds going about their business in the trees. Off in the distance we heard the roll of thunder and watch as the sky gradually darkened. Soon the heavy rain pelleted the roof and the air cooled. It was quite beautiful,  lush green vegetation surrounded us, the cool fresh air tinted with a damp rain wafted through the screens. We talked about this and that but mainly about how blessed we are to live in such splendor.  Every once in a while a bright flash of lightening brightened sky. The highway was busier than usual, fire trucks roared by with red lights blinking, some times a siren blared.For a brief moment our silence and tranquilly was interrupted  There was a barn fire a few miles up the road but we were too comfortable to go see what was happening. I’m sure the firefighters welcome the sudden rain fall to help douse the flames. Back in doors now, the rain has stopped and the wind dropped off, its supper time and we are both a wee bit peckish!!!Fresh Corn on the Cob!!!!

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Traffic Lights and BlackBush Irish Whiskey


A woman ran a red traffic light and crashed into a man’s car. Both of their cars are 004demolished but amazingly neither of them was hurt.

After they crawled out of their cars, the woman said; “Wow, just look at our cars! There’s nothing left, but fortunately we are unhurt. This must be a sign from God that we should meet and be friends and live together in peace for the rest of our days.”

The man replied,” I agree with you completely. This must be a sign from God!”

The woman continued, “And look at this, here’s another miracle. My car is completely demolished, but my bottle of 75 year old Irish Whiskey didn’t break. Surely God meant for us to drink this vintage delicacy and celebrate our good fortune.” Then she handed the bottle to birthday 2011 003the man.

The man nods his head in agreement, opened it, drank half the bottle and then handed it back to the woman. The woman took the bottle, immediately put the cap back on, and handed it back to the man.

The man asks, “Aren’t you having any?”

She replies, “Nah. I think I’ll just wait for the police.”

Adam ate the apple, too !

Men will never learn

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The Confederation Bridge!!!

confederation-bridgeI recently travelled back to the Island from Halifax using Maritime Bus. It was a pleasant trip as far as Amherst where I had to change buses. On the Halifax part of the trip I travelled on a nice comfortable highway coach. In Amherst I was transfered to a smaller twenty passenger bus. It wasnt too bad until we reach the bridge, then it was transformed into a bone shaker. As we hit each joint section between the spans the bump was dreadful and shook the whole bus.  I found myself bracing and rising a little from my seat in anticipation of each coming jolt as we reached the next joint..  Since that trip I have heard of others with a similar complaint about a very rough crossing. Friends with a 5th wheel camper arrived in New Brunswick with broken cups. Motorcyclist find it particularly bad when crossing these joint sections, like I did on the bus, the riders have to brace themselves for each hit. Now I’m wondering if possibly the bridge is shifting or maybe settling, I do not remember being so aware of these bumps in the past. The Bridge support pillars merely sit on the sea floor and are held in place by the sheer weight plus steel cables running from end to end that hold the sections together. I could be wrong of course, yet I wonder if others have noticed or experienced what I have just described. I can only imagine the mess we would all be in if the bridge had to close for repairs. The shortage of a ferry at the other end of the island would not be much help either. So I guess its fingers crossed while hoping that nothing is wrong with the bridge??????

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Legion Policy Contradictory

This is a copy of my latest letter to the editor, and it will be ten or more days since the original letter was published. More than enough time for a Legion response???

It been more than ten days since my letter to the editor was published (12th July 2016) ww2medalsasking a question of the Legion. It was in reference to an early question from a Mrs M Ferris, could she wear her late husbands medals (right Breast) to Remembrance Day Ceremonies. The Legion promptly told her no! My question was this, how does the Legion justify the following. While Mrs Ferris is breaking the law,a law the legion supports. It is quite legal for any Legion member (no requirement to be a veteran) to purchase and wear legion medals on right breast at any time in Legion uniform. To date the Legion has not responded but that does not surprise me. This issue must be a very difficult and embarrassing thing for the Legion to respond to. Allow me to give an example of why I find this so deplorable.. Tom Eagles past president of Dominion Command wears a total of twelve medals, nine legion medals on his right breast and three (anniversary) medals on his left. That’s probably close to double the average number of medals WW2 and Korean vets earned. Yet Mr Eagles has never served in the Forces, Police or Coast Guard, he is a civilian. I find it difficult to understand why the Legion supports a law making it illegal for Mrs Ferris and other family members to wear medals in memory and pride, but condones selling medals to any legion member veteran or otherwise. I once more challenge to legion to give a reasonable explanation!TomEagles2

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This Beautiful World

001002003 004 005Roughly three years ago Linda and I arrived in Abram Village to have a look at a small house for sale. Needless to say we loved it and bought it on the spot. To this day we are very happy living here. However, the house came with 14 acres which although not particularly interested (down sizing) we decided to buy the land with the house. This was in mid March when the trees were bare and the surrounding property looked somewhat barren with a lot of scraggly trees, it seemed quite uninviting to the eye. Well folks, I have just realized I’m a wee bit slow to appreciate nature’s beauty. Today I have finally sat up and took notice. I don’t know if the accompanying photos will do justice for this beautiful spot we now call home. Nevertheless, I want to share what I now find quite stunning and beautiful. We have a perfect natural animal sanctuary, it includes a small pond with an abundance and wide variety of trees and other vegetation. The land teems with wild life, birds of all shapes and sizes, ducks, squirrels galore, frogs, foxes and yesterday I spotted a grass snake. Undoubtedly, we have a contingent of shy nocturnal creatures that we are unlikely to ever see.  Its like I’m seeing this wonderful place for the first time and suddenly realizing just how blessed Linda and I are to live in such splendor. Please take the time to enlarge each of the photos and enjoy our small part of Heaven on Earth

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Legion Policy Contradictory

Trying to be patient while awaiting the legions answer to my question asked a week ago? Remember the letter I sent to the Editor (below) re-Mrs Ferris, she received a very prompt reply! However, it seems I’m going to have to wait a while longer for my question to be answered, if ever??? The letter appeared in the Guardian on Tues 12th July 2016. Anyway, as we await the answer, I thought I’d add a wee bit of Irish humour at the end of my blog.


A few years ago a Charlottetown Lady, Mrs Madrien Ferris, asked a question of the Royal Canadian Legion through a letter to the editor. Was she permitted to wear her late husbands medals on her right breast while attending a Remembrance Day Service. The Legion promptly told her no, it was against the law under section 419 of the criminal code. Now, I’d like to ask another question of the Legion. Please explain to me the following. While it is against the law for a widow to wear her late husbands medals, medals actually earned in the service of his country. It is quite legal for any legion member, no requirement to be a veteran, to purchase legion medals for the lowly sum of $25 each.

Why are we waiting is a song that comes to mind!!


An attractive blonde from Cork, Ireland, arrived at the casino.

She seemed a little intoxicated and bet twenty thousand dollars in a single roll of the dice.

She said, “I hope you don’t mind, but I feel much luckier when I’m completely nude.”

…With that, she stripped from the neck down, rolled the dice and with an Irish brogue yelled, “Come on, baby, Mama needs new clothes!”As the dice came to a stop, she jumped up and down and squealed. “Yes! Yes! I won, I won!” She hugged each of the dealers, picked up her winnings and her clothes and quickly departed.The dealers stared at each other dumbfounded.Finally, one of them asked, “What did she roll?”

The other answered, “I don’t know – I thought you were watching.”


Not all Irish are drunks, not all blondes are dumb, …

But all men … Are men !

God Bless and keep reading. Oh and maybe have your wife give this a go!!!!!

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Dublin Bank Robbery

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This is just too funny not to share.. Excerpted from an article which appeared in The Dublin Times about a bank robbery on March 2. Once  inside the bank shortly after midnight, their efforts at disabling the security system got underway immediately. The robbers, who expected to find one or two large safes filled with cash and valuables, were surprised to see hundreds of smaller safes throughout the bank.

The robbers cracked the first safe’s combination, and inside they found only a small bowl of vanilla pudding.

As recorded on the bank’s audio tape system, one robber said, ‘At least we’ll have a bit to eat.’

The robbers opened up a second safe, and it also contained nothing but vanilla pudding. The process continued until all safes were opened.

They did not find one pound sterling, a diamond, nor an ounce of gold. Instead, all the safes contained covered little bowls of pudding.

Disappointed, the robbers made a quiet exit, each leaving with nothing more than a queasy, uncomfortably full stomach.

The newspaper headline read:


Guess we have to be careful what we bank on
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On the Dole!!

A young bloke with his pants hanging half off his arse, two gold front teeth, and a
half inch thick gold chain around his neck; walked into the Centrelink to sign some paperwork.teddy boy
He marched up to the counter and said, “Hi. You know, I just H A T E being on the DOLE.
I’d really rather have a job.. I don’t like taking advantage of the system, getting something for nothing and all that.”

The social worker behind the counter said, “Your timing is excellent.
We Just got a job opening from a very wealthy old man who wants a chauffeur and bodyguard for his beautiful daughter.
You’ll have to drive around in his 2015 Mercedes-Benz CL, and he will supply all of your clothes.”
“Because of the long hours, meals will be provided. You’ll also be expected to escort the daughter
on her overseas holiday trips. This is rather awkward to say but you will also have to, as part of your job,
satisfy her sexual urges as the daughter is in her mid-20’s and has a rather strong sex drive.”

The guy, just plain wide-eyed, said,
“You’re bullshittin’ me!”

The social worker said,
“Yeah, well…
You started it.” …..

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A Weekend Legion Quiz!!!

audey murphy.TomEagles2medal manTake a close look at the three photos and see if you can tell if they are all actual veterans who have served their country and have earned and merit the many medals and decorations you see them wearing. No prize for guessing correctly, unfortunately because this is really too easy a quiz. However, if you are really impressed and would like to have your photo included in my blog but sadly do not have any medals to wear. Take heart, the Royal Canadian Legion has a solution for you. Just go to the Legion web site and purchase as many medals as you desire, only $25 each plus postage. Then you can look as impressive as at least one of the three photoslegionbeaumont-hamel150 medal

I apologize for my sarcasm but I find it exceedingly deplorable that the Royal Canadian Legion can stoop so low as to sell cheap and phony medals. Medals that may be worn (right breast) at any time by persons wearing the legion uniform. This is the same legion that denies a widow the right to wear her late husbands medals (right side) to a Remembrance Day Service. The legion claim, a widow wearing her late husbands medals dilutes the value and takes away the meaning of those medals. But Hey!!! what about those lovely shiny $25 legion medals, aren’t they great and don’t the wearers look smart-proud and almost veteran  like?????

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