: the behavoir of people who do things that they tell other people not to do. : behavoir that does not agree with what someone claims to believe or feel.
This is not a bad definition of the policies presently in place within both Dominion and Provincial Commands of the Royal Canadian Legions. In my recent attempts to have a resolution brought forward to amend section 419 of the criminal code, it was flatly refused at Provincial Command. When I attempted to have it forwarded to the Dominion Command Convention it was again denied at the Provincial Level.
If you look closely at the two photos attached you will see the National President wearing the legion uniform with an array of legion service medals on the right and three medals on the left breast. could he perhaps be mistaken as a veteran?
In the other photo you will see Claus Broderson Provincial Command Chairman (centre) also in Legion uniform, he too sports several Legion service medals on his right breast. He wears two medals on his left breast, he could be mistaken as a veteran?
Yet a few years ago a Charlottetown Lady (Mrs Madrien Ferris) asked if she could wear her late husbands medals on her right breast to a Remembrance Day Ceremony she was promptly told no by the legion, it is against the law!
While these two associate members have every right to wear their medals, I have a huge problem with them telling a veterans widow she can’t wear her late husband medals. No doubt these two associates will mingle with veterans and be assumed to be veterans by the general public. Mrs Ferris on the other hand will clearly be recognized as a Veterans widow. It begs the question, if an associate can wear medals on such occasions what gives them the right to deny a veterans widow????just a little bit of hypocrisy here don’t you think???????
If the Royal Canadian Legion is to survive into the 21st century we need to make some drastic changes. We must return to being a veterans organization, associate members should not be our elected representatives beyond the branch level. They should not wear the same legion uniform as actual veterans. They should certainly not have the authority to tell veterans what they can and cannot do within the Legion organization.! Is it any wonder so few of today’s veterans are joining the legion.
Receiving a military medal for services preformed is an honour and a moment of personal pride that is difficult to describe. It cannot be experienced in the same way by a politician receiving a medal merely because he is an MP. It cannot be described the same way by a civilian receiving the Diamond Jubilee for volunteer work. Only the medals awarded for Military service to ones Nation can be regarded as medals earned,deserved and rightly worn by veterans. Therefore, when a veteran passes on, that same right should fall to his family members, they should be allowed, nay, encouraged to wear their late love ones medals. They should be welcomed and honoured at all Remembrance Day Services.
Time to do a clean sweep and rid this once excellent veterans organization of the hypocrisy that rules it today. As a foot note :- please do not misunderstand my motives, I’m certainly not against associate members, many do great work. The legions would be hard pressed without them. Nevertheless, we must not lose sight that this is a veterans organization and it is veterans who should be directing our future
Article 419 of the Criminal Code of Canada prohibits the wearing of orders, decorations and medals by anyone other than the individual who was awarded the honour. The maximum penalty for breaking the law is $5000 fine or six months in jail.
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