Legion Continues Backward Thinking!!!


legionww2medalsI can’t believe we still have such narrow minded Legion members. People that are so resistant to change even while legion after legion across this great country are failing! I recently sent a resolution to the Provincial Command requesting we have the law pertaining to the wearing of medals changed. It was turned down! I still have recourse to have it forwarded to Dominion Command. The question is, are my efforts worth while or am I just wasting my time. It certainly feels like the latter. Are there any Veterans out there who are willing to support me by sending emails, letters to Dominion Command?? The contacts are Toll free 1-888-566-6222. or email info@legion.ca. They also have a web page. My basic request was that the children/grandchildren of deceased veterans may wear their father/grandfathers medals(on the right hand side) in their memory at Remembrance Day and other such suitable occasions, what on earth would be wrong with that????Most of the objections I hear are,they didn’t earn them or only the owner should wear the medals. Seriously, I’m not suggesting children/grandchildren pose as veterans, they would wear the medals on the RIGHT Breast, not were the veterans wear them on the LEFT SIDE. This is how it is done in other Commonwealth Country’s including the UK, Australia, New Zealand etc. Should we not follow the lead of the Royal British Legion???

Attached is a copy of the resolution

ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH 17, WELLINGTON

JANUARY 12, 2015
RESOLUTION TABLED BY COMRADE F.BEN RODGERS

RESOLUTION :    TO CHANGE THE LAW PERTAINING TO THE WEARING OF.
MEDALS.
WHEREAS :         THE LAW PRESENTLY FORBIDS ANYONE OTHER THAN THE                               OWNERS OF MEDALS FROM WEARING SAID MEDALS.
WHEREAS:          CHANGING THAT LAW TO ALLOW RELATIVES OF

DECEASED VETERANS TO WEAR THEIR MEDALS ON THEIR

RIGHT BREAST, ON REMEMBRANCE DAY, AND OTHER

SUITABLE OCCASIONS.

WHEREAS:          THE EFFECT OF SUCH A CHANGE IN THE LAW WOULD

PROMOTE REMEMBRANCE. WEARING THEIR GRAND-

PARENT’S MEDALS WOULD BE A MOTIVATION OF

PRIDE AND OF LEARNING THE HISTORY OF SUCH

MEDALS. SURELY THIS WOULD MEET THE AIMS OF

THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION
THEREFORE:      BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

PROVINCIAL COMMAND PETITION DOMINION COMMAND,

TO REQUEST THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF

JUSTICE REVERSE THE LAW , PRESENTLY IN FORCE,

PERTAINING TO THE WEARING OF MEDALS.

Doing my best to bring the Royal Canadian Legion into the 21st century but I really need support.

God Bless and keep reading

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About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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4 Responses to Legion Continues Backward Thinking!!!

  1. baconburner says:

    NARROW Minded to say the least, living in the past yes. I would bet that many of the members of the board who voted were no actual Veterans and that they wear their Legion Medallions on parade. Which are primarily issed for time served on the coffee committee.
    So sorry to hear and I will place another letter to the Dominion Command about this.
    I would think that Technically it is not the Legions right to say who and where medals may be worn. I must check into that with the DND and will get back to you.
    ^ June FYI as well as being D Day was the day in 1976 that they closed the gates at HMS Ganges so sad.
    Take care amigo
    Robby

  2. irishroverpei says:

    Thanks for your support Robby

  3. Neville S. Pearson L.R.O. RN Retd. says:

    Got my full support. Will send letters accordingly. Ganges fb page is hight on the agenda this week as the last open house at what is left of Ganges takes place this weekend. Check it out. Our old “Home Home on the Range”

  4. irishroverpei says:

    Thanks Neville appreciate the support, it will a rocky road to resolution! In memory of Ganges I have a blog for tomorrow about spending time in the Ganges hospital.

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