I believe I have reached the last hurdle in my campaign to have the law changed on Deceased Veterans families wearing their medals as a mark of respect and remembrance on Remembrance day and other such suitable occasions. This doesn’t mean I’m close to victory, quite the contrary, there are a lot of Legion members against my proposal. The resolution was turned down by Provincial Command, but I can still take it directly to Dominion Command. This is what I’m in the process of doing. However, many of those at Provincial Command will also be at Dominion so the result may still be the same. I offended some local legion members when I suggested they were narrow minded! One person objected to being referred to as narrow minded, he stated he has a right to his opinion and it should not be considered narrow minded! My view is that I’m also entitled to an opinion, and in my opinion those against my resolution are narrow minded!!! The one overwhelming argument is surely the law itself?? Presently no one other than the owner of the medal may wear it. For Example, should an 80 year old widow of a veteran who turns out on Remembrance day wearing her late husbands medals be arrested for brazenly breaking the law???. Really!!!!, How much thought was ever put into proclaiming this clearly unworkable law. Can you imagine any police officer eager to make such an arrest, can you imagine the field day the media would have if such an arrest occurred??? It is long since time to change this inane law, those (not) narrow minded legion members need to sit up and take notice. Legions are failing all across the land, but I still hear the usual argument, “hey we are the legion we do not have to change anything”. Food for thought my fellow veterans, especially if you want your legion branch to survive.
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I would suggest that it is narrow minded to lump those who wear the medals of their relatives in with those who would wear them to misrepresent their own service.
Any defence of a “law” that makes no distinction between these two things is by definition narrow minded.
Keep up the good fight Ben. You have the support of this veteran.
Thank you James I appreciate the support
Hi Ben, am I right in believing that the rule you are fighting to overturn only applies to Canada? I’m sure that here in the U.K. not such rule exists – have you tried calling on the Royal British Legion for support in your cause? Regards Wiggy
Hi Colin this is strictly a Canadian law. Other Commonwealth countries such as Australia and New Zealand follow the UK lead. It is a ridiculous law but a very thorny issue with the old die hard brigade. Although I have fought hard to have it changed I do not expect to succeed any time soon.