I have really tried to ignore the antics at the legion, but find myself being dragged back in again and again. So here we go once more. Please consider this is the Legion that claims to be”Preparing for the 21st Century”! Just today (28th Oct)on Face Book I watched an almost unbelievable video posted by a veteran named Jamie Keating. Jamie is a veteran from the War in Afghanistan, he recently purchased a wreath costing $45, from the Hampton legion branch. He requested the names of nine his comrades who never came home be added to the reading when laying wreath. So far so good eh? However, when he asked to lay the wreath on Remembrance Day he was told no he couldn’t. The branch apparently only allow MP’s Officers and Legion dignitaries to lay wreaths. He telephoned his local MP, and was informed by an assistant that the MP wouldn’t be there on Remembrance Day, but said they would contact the branch to see what could be arranged. The legion called Keating later and this time gave him three reasons why he could not lay his wreath. (1) He no longer lived in the Hampton area. (He now lives in St John a few miles passed Hampton). (2) There were too many names on the wreath, nine are too many names to be remembered. (3) He wasn’t a legion member.
I can’t imagine who is running the Hampton legion branch, it surely cannot be veterans. This is beyond belief, a legion branch telling a veteran he can’t lay a wreath to his fallen comrades during the ceremony. Does anyone at this branch even know why we have a Remembrance Day Service. It sure as hell is not for politicians or legion dignitaries, it is a time to remember the fallen. And if it takes longer to read all those extra names then we remain standing at attention and remember. Tough! that is the way veterans do business.
I’m absolutely stunned by this revelation, I know I have complained for the last few years about what I considered inappropriate legion activities. But comrades, this really does beat all. Jamie Keating is not a Legion member and clearly never will be now. Dominion Command wonder why new veterans are not joining and membership is dropping at an alarming rate. Well wonder no more guys its very clear to me and should be to you also, this is no longer a veterans organization. Officially, I will be a member until the end of this year, but I’m really and truly finished, this is no place for veterans.
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