You might recall in January 2015 I entered a resolution at my local Legion Branch to change the existing law regarding the wearing of medals. Well that resolution is now close to its first hurdle, Provincial Command meet later this month. If they approve it will then be forwarded to Dominion Command in June. I’m certainly not overly confident it will pass, there are still a lot of narrow minded people in the Legion that just can’t bring themselves to change. In the latest edition of the Legion magazine there was a letter with the heading “In Favour of Protecting Medals” . The writer goes on to give his reasons for this and I quote,”If a man or woman can wear his or her spouse’s medals can a son or daughter? How about a good friend or some other interested party? where does it stop” end quote. He rambles on about phoney soldiers appearing in uniform in Ottawa on Remembrance Day, which is an entirely different issue. These are two completely opposite issues and the latter is clearly against the law. However, a law now exists that should a grandchild wear his /her grandparents medals on Remembrance day they are breaking the law and should be arrested. I can’t imagine anyone thinking this is a good or necessary law. I would further note that the writer of the letter does not offer an alternative, he does not suggest how we might keep these medals and their history alive. So in other words he is saying once the medal holder dies his medals should be stow away in a dresser draw or a shoe box never to be seen again. I really hope there are enough wise members on the panels reviewing my resolution and they have it passed into law. I hope any like minded veterans reading this blog will push for change at their local branches, phone calls-emails-letters all help.
We Will Remember Them.
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