The photo on the right is Tom Eagles the national president of the legion. He is an associate member(not a veteran) who has never served in any branch of military service, was never a cadet or a boy scout. Nevertheless he has somehow managed to accumulate a chest full of medals.
I can understand many people reading my blogs will ask why I keep picking on associate members of the Legion. I’m not picking on them, but rather pointing out what their roles should be within the organization. I have emphasized several times that we are a veterans organization and are designed for helping veterans. If one has served in any of the military branches, that person will be aware of military traditions and of their importance to us. Allow me to give you an example from the 1980’s. We were lining up outside the Summerside Legion preparing for a parade. At that time we had a large and active membership of WW2 and Korean Veterans, we probably had associate memb too, but not in official roles. At the head of the parade was the local Sea Cadet Corps, their guard, colour party and band. In charge of the parade was the Legion Sergeant at Arms. In the centre came the Legion members and Ladies Auxiliary, at the rear the local Air Cadet Sqdrn. It appeared the CO of the Air Cadets was not happy to be bringing up the rear. He must have thought his squadron of cadets and band was larger and smarter than the Sea Cadet Corps and should therefore lead the parade. He marched them forward and placed them ahead of the Sea Cadets. Before I had time to move, the Sergeant at Arms was on them, he promptly ordered them back to where they came from. He explained to the CO that military tradition demanded the Senior Service(Navy) always leads such parades. Not a big issue at the time and the parade went off as planned. However, if this happened today in 2016, would an associate member have known who should lead the parade. This is just one more example of why only veterans should hold executive positions within the Legion.
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