More on Medals


From Les Peate     Esprit De Corps
If you ever read my column I frequently address this topic .legion
1. I agree with you in part on other folk’s medals. If I see a 12-year old with WW I, WW II or Korea medals I can be pretty sure that they are not his,  probably dad or grandpa’s. But a 20-year-old wearing his brother’s Afghanistan awards – well, that’s different. I’ve met (and nailed!) a few imposters in my time.
Comment;- referring to twenty year old wearing Afghanistan award,This has nothing to do with mothers-widows etc wearing late loved ones medals. It falls into same category as the phony sergeantphony sargeart
2. The Legion – I’m mad because they don’t support a “Volunteer Medal” You can serve 11 years and 364 days and have nothing to show for it. On the other hand some people (e.g. Tom Eagles) have more “awarded-to-each-other” medals on the right than Montgomery had on the left – are these guys afraid that a Volunteer medal would separate the true vets from the non-vet members? I also wrote that Eagles should NOT have laid the veteran wreath on Nov 11th – he may be Legion President and a good man at heart but he’s not a veteran! (Incidentally, he DID wear a uniform at one time – one of his three left-chest medals is a service medal.)
Comment ;- I disagree that Eagles wore a uniform at one time, he wears the 125 Anniversary medal, a commemorative medal struck in 1992. This is not a military service medal. His other two medals -Queens Diamond and Gold medals. However for the average citizen, he looks like a real veteran!!

As an added comment the UK veterans have been pushing for a Volunteer medal for years, to date only a cheap lapel pin has been issued.

God Bless and keep reading

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