Letter to Governor General Secretary – Medals and Awards


This is a letter I emailed last year (13th Dec 2016) and to date have not received a response. I have a problem wondering why these government departments, take such a long time to answer, indeed if they do answer at all..tomeagles2150-medalbeaumont-hamel

 

I’m greatly concerned with the present Royal Canadian Legion policy regarding medals. While it is quite acceptable for non veteran legion members to wear an array of legion service medals on their right breast in legion uniform. It is against the law for an eighty year old widow to wear her late husbands war medals of her right breast on suitable occasions. (see section 419 of Criminal Code) The important issue I have with this policy is that most civilians would mistake an associate member wearing six or seven legion medals as a veteran. Indeed most associate members wear more medals than actual veterans. These are service awards for chairing such things as the Dart Competition, BBQ etc. I find it offensive that non veterans parade with all the pomp and ceremony that was and should be attributed to our real veterans. The issue is wide spread and clearly part of the reason why our younger veterans are not joining the Royal Canadian Legion. Please give this your immediate attention w hile we still have a RCL. If for no other reason we are responsible for the care and respect of the Poppy. Other legions (Royal British-Scottish etc wear lapel pins). The Canadian Legion membership continues to plummet, it is estimated approx 35.000 are actual veterans, the remaining approx 200.000 are made up of associate and non voting members. In other words just about anyone can join today`s legion branches. Please note the attachments are two legion medals that may be purchased for $25 ea plus P&P. Also photo of Tom Eagles wearing eleven medals but has never served a day in the Military or other services, example RCMP etc.

Respectfully Submitted F.Ben Rodgers CD. Lt RCN Ret.

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Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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5 Responses to Letter to Governor General Secretary – Medals and Awards

  1. Dave Marson says:

    I also find it amusing not all veterans can be members of the Legion. Example dishonourable discharge do not meet legion standards. However, Any civilian can join the legion regardless of their criminal history. I find that ironic. Your local Legion civilian Service officer could have a dark and dirty history. Not good…

    Please consider this for your next blog

    cheers

    On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 4:56 AM, The Irish Rover’s Blog wrote:

    > irishroverpei posted: “This is a letter I emailed last year (13th Dec > 2016) and to date have not received a response. I have a problem wondering > why these government departments, take such a long time to answer, indeed > if they do answer at all.. I’m greatly concern” >

    • irishroverpei says:

      Dave can you confirm if someone with criminal record can join legion, example does legion have to check the crime, what about child molester etc.likewise with dishonourable discharge. Is there not different degrees to consider example cowardice or just punched out an officer

  2. irishroverpei says:

    Very good point Dave.

    • baconburner says:

      Hey amigo are you using the Legion membership in your next Blog. That point Dave brought up is very pertinent. I would like to do one as well if you don’t mind? Pls let me know I will send you a draft to look at. Take care Robby

      On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 7:41 PM, The Irish Rover’s Blog wrote:

      > irishroverpei commented: “Very good point Dave.” >

  3. irishroverpei says:

    Hi Robby yes I will do a follow up blog on Daves comments. But probably not tomorrow as have one already. I want to confirm first if one can join having a criminal record or if there are different degrees of criminal activity. Same with dis hounorable discharge. Example cowardice as opposed to punching out an officers.

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