Legion accuse the Media

legionDave-Flannigan_DomPresNot sure if everyone has seen this or not, but thought it was worth posting to the blog. Dominion Command claim one thing and the Media another. I guess I tend to believe the Media. You decide for yourself.


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The Legion uploaded a Letter to the Postmedia Editor: Royal Canadian Legion fed up with misrepresentation by media. In addition to the Letter to the Editor and linking from that document, we published a full disclosure article on our website with facts addressing the misinformation.

The links for the subject Letter to the Editor and associated FACTS document are listed below in English. French will follow as soon as possible. Please do take the time to read this media product and share with your branches, members, family, friends and colleagues.




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Another Veterans Point of View!!!

TomEagles2legionThey keep coming folks! so many angry and dissatisfied veterans out there. Having read the retired CWO email it seems clear to me to whom he is referring. Tom Eagles, I wonder if your ears are burning, they should be.Its very strange but every time I think of Eagles I also think of the Senate and Mike Duffy??????can’t think why!!!

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My reply is easy and simple. I have been an ordinary member of the Legion for 26 years and with the information disclosed in these posts I refuse to be any part of it. If civilians want to run the Legion into the ground they will be doing it without my support. The refusal to not disclose the disbursement of funds, wages, expense accounts, vacationing all over the world with wives and families in tow and getting preferences for bursaries, miss use of Poppy Funds for sports meet is the straw that broke this old camels back. “I QUIT” My small contributions have ended . I no longer wish to belong to what was once a proud, legitimate organization which has lowered their moral obligations to the Veteran to the low level they have achieved. Sad, sad times. I personally will always REMEMBER and NEVER FORGET.

Well said Royden, can you hear the clapping of the thousands who agree with you?

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A Little Sunday Humour!!

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Lest We Forget. — Oops Maybe we’ve forgotten????

medal girlRemember my post and photo of the young girl wearing her Great grandfather’s WW1 medals. From publishing this photo on my blog I learned a little bit of forgotten History, the term “Pip Squeak and Wilfred” if you read yesterday’s blog you will know what I’m referring too.  The three medals were popularly known as Pip Squeak and Wilfred by the troops. Whether this was done in humour or sarcasm,( maybe a bit of both) I think it reflects the thoughts of returning soldiers of World War One. Those having survived one of the most horrific conflicts in the history of war, this is what they received from their leaders as a thank you and a symbol of their sacrifice.WW1 medals

I’m not trying to judge whether it was right or wrong, Nonetheless, it must be point out that this is a startling example of why blood relatives should be allowed to wear late loved ones medals. Ask yourself if you knew of this interesting piece of WW1 history, or indeed if you know anyone else who knew this fact? Surely this follows with “Lest We Forget” most of us have either forgotten or never knew in the first place. One more very sound reason for the legion to request amending the law(Section 419) to allow blood relatives to wear these medals. Lets think about today’s younger generation. compared to most of us older folks, they are extremely computer literate. Now imagine a young boy/girl being told she can wear her Great Grandfathers medals to a Remembrance Day Ceremony. What do you think the young person will do first? I believe they will go on-line and find out what the medals represent, why they were awarded, where they were awarded, and in which war were they awarded etc etc. Does anyone really think this would be disrespectful, dishonouring or diluting those medals. It surely emphasizes the purpose of the Royal Canadian Legion to honour our veterans past and present. Allow widows, mothers, wives, sons, daughters and yes Grandchildren to also honour their own family history.  I honestly fail to see any valid reason why Dominion Command should so adamantly refuse to request this change. If as you claim you are “Preparing for the 21st Century” then here is a good place to begin.legion

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Pip Squeak and Wilfred — Medals from WW1

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Here is a very good reason why blood relatives should be encouraged to wear late loved ones medals 0n Remembrance Day

Look at the three WW1 medals the young girl is wearing

Pip, Squeak and Wilfred are the nicknames given to  three WWI campaign medals: the 1914-15 Star; the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. This set of 3 medals or a pair (BWM and Victory)  are the most likely medals to be found among family heirlooms. The medals were automatically sent out; soldiers did not need to apply. When the recipient had been killed the medals were sent to the next-of-kin.

The medals’ nicknames come from a popular comic strip of the time from the Daily Mirror newspaper. Pip was a dog, Squeak a penguin and Wilfred was a baby rabbit.

The name, rank, unit and service number of the recipient are impressed on the reverse of the Star and on the rim of the British War Medal and Victory medal. The set pictured here were awarded to Driver E Griffiths of the Royal Field Artillery and come from a private collection.

1914-15 Star : this bronze medal with a red, white and blue watered silk ribbon was awarded to those who served in any theatre of war between 5 August 1914 and 31st December 1915 (other than those who had already qualified for the 1914 Star.)    It is a crowned four-pointed star with crossed swords and a wreath of oak leaves with the royal cipher at the base and a scroll across the centre inscribed 1914-15. Total number of medals awarded = 2,350,000.

British War Medal :  this silver medal with a orange centred ribbon with black, white and royal blue edges was introduced to record the successful conclusion of the War and awarded to anyone who saw service at any time between 1914 and 1918 (later extended to to cover service from 1919-20 in Russia). The obverse shows the uncrowned left- facing profile of King George V and on the reverse St George on horseback trampling underfoot the eagle shield of the Central Powers and a skull and crossbones as an emblem of death. Above the sun has risen in victory. Total number of medals awarded = 6,500,000 in silver + 110,000 in bronze to Chinese, Indian and Maltese labour battalions.

Victory Medal :  This yellow bronze medal  with a double rainbow ribbon was awarded to all who had received the Star medals and most of those who had received the British War Medal. The standing figure of Victory holding a palm branch in her right hand appears on the obverse and on the reverse a laurel wreath contains the inscription THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILIZATION 1914-1919. The extended date reflects the continued fighting in India and Russia and the Peace Treaty at Versailles in June 1919. Total number of medals awarded = approx 6,000,000

we learn something new every day eh!!
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Letter from Bruce Poulin

 Hello Mr Rodgers

It has been observed that your emails and blog display an image of The Royal Canadian Legion badge.  This image is a registered trademark owned by Dominion Command, The Royal Canadian Legion.  Your use of this registered trademark has not been authorized.  We ask that you remove these images and cease to use the trademark.

Should you desire to use any registered Legion trademark, please request authorization in writing from the Dominion President.


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Hello Comrade Bruce

I see I’m back to being addressed as Mr again! no matter. So Dominion president is getting a little upset with my use of the Royal Canadian Legion badge. Seem to me I have every right as a veteran and member of the legion to use the badge. I consider I was authorized the moment I became a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Perhaps to keep you happy I will use my blazer badge, I own that and have done so for many years. Whatever I choose to use I’m sure you will be back with another form of intimidation . Very poor attitude from Dominion Command, its time they faced up to the problems confronting them, instead of attempting to intimidate and treat veterans as the enemy.

Respectfully Submitted F.Ben Rodgers CD.

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Lest We Forget

Worth Sharing

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Dedicated to all Veterans, “Lest We Forget” is a flawless tale of remembrance delivered through a heartfelt musical journey. The song was performed for the very first time for a wonderful group of dedicated Veterans and was met with a resounding standing ovation.

We all have a friend or family member who is connected to those brave souls who risk so much to make the world a better place to live. In their honor we ask you to watch the link below and share it freely with anyone affected by war past or present. Can I ask you to help spread this video to all your friends on facebook and or elsewhere and ask them to spread this special video ? It would mean a lot especially for ALL who gave ALL !! This is the link to the video here > https://youtu.be/7yj5M_IzSAg just click on the link and it will take you to the video and you can hear the song and watch the video or you can go to youtube and type in Chris Gill “Lest We Forget “ and you can watch it their ! Enjoy this powerful video and message for ALL who gave ALL….

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Response is Overwhelming

legionOver the last few days I have received more than twelve thousand hits on my blog no wait that’s wrong its over twenty thousand now  and its still rising. I have received countless comments and the great majority are in agreement with the theme of my blog. I have tried to reply to each comment but it is becoming difficult, so if I miss you please understand why. I appreciate all the comments whether in agreement or opposed. Both are important because it gives us a clear picture of the general feelings against the present direction of the Legion. It is wonderful to see so many comments, but please consider sending them to Dominion Command too. Email bruce.poulin@legion.ca  If we swamp them with emails it will be interesting to see how long the present contact address stays online????


I can’t post all the comments to my blog, but I try to select a few of interest.

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I agree with you Ray! Our Vets need help and our Legion should be standing up for them. The problem with the legion is it has been taken over by people that have no clue about service. They don’t understand what we have done for our country and they cant even comprehend the sacrifices that have been made. And, I hate to say it, they don’t appreciate us for what we have given. It is more important for them to line their own pockets and kiss up to Bureaucrats than it is to stand up for those that need it more, our Veterans! My Dad left the legion back in the 90s as he was disgusted with what it had become. I never joined because I agree with my Dad, I served long and hard and the people at the legion today don’t understand that, and they look down their faces at us because if you didn’t serve and fight in a great war, you aren’t a veteran in their eyes. The members of today’s legion are just wannabes riding on the coat tails of their brave forefathers who fought and died for Canada, while in reality, they think their parents service was more important and valuable than our own!

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Legion headquarters should be located in Roblin, Manitoba. It seems that anything located in Ottawa becomes self centered, pompous and entitled to their entitlements….like government. At least in a place like Roblin the hierarchy would be well grounded like the common folks.


Well said Terri and thank you for your support. Thank you Peter, you have a good point there!! You both could support us even more by sending your comments to Dominion Command. email bruce.poulin@legion.ca

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Tell Dominion Command

legionI acknowledge the many comments I’m receiving on my daily blogs, indeed I find them very encouraging and helpful. However, you are preaching to the converted, the people that need to hear these comments are at Dominion Command. Please send your comments to them, they are the ones that need to understand the dissatisfaction and angry of the membership and of veterans who are leaving or have never joined. They are the ones saying they have to work at recruiting new members. They are the ones claiming to care and are striving to support and help veterans. Obviously very few people reading this blog agree. So Comrades please keep sending me your comments, but also send them to Dominion Command the email address is – bruce.poulin@legion.ca  bruce

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