I encourage readers to enlarge the two photos posted here and have a close look at the medals they are wearing. The first photo is Dave Flannigan, Dominion Command President, the other Tom Eagles,past president. On their right breasts they share between them sixteen legion medals. Very impressive indeed and quite legally worn when in legion uniform. We can surely forgive the majority of Canadians for assuming these two guys are proud long time serving veterans. Flannigan did serve briefly but was medically discharged, I have no details of his service. Eagles has never served a day in his life. On remembrance Day you will see these two members plus hundreds of other similarly decorated associate members legally wearing their many right breast legion medals.
Please note;- the medals worn on the left by Flannigan and Eagles are commemorative medals awarded through government such as the Queens Gold and Diamond Jubilee medal. The Diamond Jubilee was awarded to all Federal MPs!!! enough said
Now! take a good look at these ladies, they are all wearing late relatives medals on their right breast. These are real medals earned by the sacrifice of fathers,grandfathers, sons and daughters, in the service to their country. Fortunately these dedicated women are not in Canada honouring their lost love ones, they are in the UK. Had they been in Canada they would be breaking the law under section 419 of the criminal code. Its against the law to wear a relatives medals here, the maximum fine is $5000 or six months in jail.
So folks it should be quite simple to understand, the top two photos shows two decorated and upstanding law abiding legion members. Below you see four female law breakers wearing late loved ones medals with honour and pride.
You might be wondering what reason the Canadian Legion offers for the need of this law??? I quote ” To allow relatives to wear others medals dilutes the value of those medals”
Finally, this last photo is Mrs M Ferris, she asked the Charlottetown PEI Legion if she could wear her late husbands medals a few years ago. She was told NO! but I’m already sure you guessed that answer!
An Irishman will tell you!!
One should never dilute a glass of Irish whiskey, enjoy it just as it is. Having said that I think I need a glass right now, how can the legion sell cheap $25 tin medals that may be legally worn on the right breast. Yet declare, with a straight face, that it dilutes the value of a real medal if worn by a blood relative.
I hope this is now clearly explained to all who read my blog,the purpose of my campaign if you should have questions please do not hesitate to ask me, but please don’t bother Dominion Command they are much to busy merchandising their medals and clay poppy earrings to answer your emails.
God Bless and keep reading