Shut Out Again!!!!!!
Thank you for contacting The Royal Canadian Legion again with your questions pertaining to the wearing of other people’s military medals.
As I am sure you will appreciate, any changes to Legion policy must follow the Legion resolution process that starts with your local Legion Branch. The merits of your argument(s) must begin by convincing your local Legion Branch. Should they be amenable to your proposed resolution, then its merits will be discussed at Legion provincial command. Again, if your case is deemed to be worthy, your resolution will be submitted to either DEC or Dominion Convention for approval.
Hope this helps and thank you again for your interest in trying to help Veterans and their families while keeping in mind that the wearing of medals is protected under the Criminal Code of Canada.
Manager / Gérant, Communications
The Royal Canadian Legion
La Légion royale canadienne
86 Aird Place, Ottawa, K2L 0A1
Toll free: 1-888-556-6222
Bruce.Poulin@legion.ca – [www.legion.ca]www.legion.ca
Thank you Comrade Poulin
Your letter came as no surprise, the usual Dominion policy of avoidance and or ignoring. Regarding your advice re resolutions. please know I had a resolution approved by the branch over two years ago, it was forwarded to Provincial. They voted it down, I re worded it and requested it be forwarded to Dominion. Once again Provincial turn it down, so much for the chain of command. In fact it appears we have no chain of command, perhaps I’m mistaken but I thought the Legion operated along military lines, guess not. However, your latest response is consistent, no one at Dominion is concerned or interested in the views of the general membership. It quite frankly leaves me frustrated, the only thing you had to offer me was a lesson in policy. I have been a member for some thirty years and I do know the policies for submitting a resolution. What is desperately needed is change, but I do not see that happening any time soon with the present members at Dominion.
Copy of my Resolution
ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH 17, WELLINGTON
JANUARY 12, 2016
RESOLUTION TABLED BY COMRADE F.BEN RODGERS
RESOLUTION : TO CHANGE THE LAW PERTAINING TO THE WEARING OF.
DECEASED VETERANS TO WEAR THEIR MEDALS ON THEIR
RIGHT BREAST, ON REMEMBRANCE DAY, AND OTHER
WHEREAS: THE EFFECT OF SUCH A CHANGE IN THE LAW WOULD
PROMOTE REMEMBRANCE WEARING THEIR GRAND-
PARENT’S MEDALS WOULD BE A MOTIVATION OF
PRIDE AND OF LEARNING THE HISTORY OF SUCH
MEDALS. SURELY THIS WOULD MEET THE AIMS OF
THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION
PETITION DOMINIOM COMMAND
TO REQUEST THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF
JUSTICE REVERSE THE LAW , PRESENTLY IN FORCE,
PERTAINING TO THE WEARING OF MEDALS.
I was contacted via regular mail service with a terse letter from an Associate member who chaired a special committee formed to discuss my resolution. In the letter he didn’t just state my resolution was turned turn, he emphasized it was unanimously voted down. I questioned the decision and asked to be heard by this committee. That was in February 2016, to date I have received only silence!
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