Well folks I guess I can say I have launched two very explosive broadsides against the legion (See Monday-Tuesday blogs) this week. Now we have to sit back and wait to see if the Legion responds. However, I think its unlikely, after all what can they say in their defense? An aging widow can’t wear her late husbands medals, but some joker off the street can wear cheapo legion medals. Anyone not in jail can apply and join the Royal Canadian Legion. They can then purchase at least the two legion medals at $25 each and wear them on the right breast of their Legion jacket. They can march with the legion looking like another medal bedecked associate member. Maybe not quite on the same level as the Legion past president, but close enough.
Tom Eagles wears (If I counted correctly) nine legion medals on his right breast yet has never served a day in the service of his country. How do you think the general public sees him wearing so many medals. Wow!!! must be a real hero? Now think about a serviceman/woman who serves for eleven years and 364 days. He/she leaves the service with no medal. To merit the (Canadian Decoration) CD he/she must have served a total of 12 years. This is perhaps one very important reason why the Government needs to initiate a Defense Medal that is issued to all service personnel after they complete basic training. Imagine an eleven plus year service person standing next to Tom Eagles at a remembrance day service. Eagles who is not a veteran wears a minimum of twelve medals while the serviceman/woman who is a real veteran wears nothing but a poppy. Something very wrong with this picture,so where does legion members stand on this unacceptable inequity. Is the purpose of the legion not for veterans aiding other veterans? It is surely not there for glorifying and adorning associate member Tom Eagles with a chest full of medals.
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