I 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
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.
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