Yesterday’s blog received many comments and questions, it was clear to me many Canadian citizens are unaware of the roll played by associate members of the Royal Canadian Legion. Most were unaware of the fact the many medals they adorn themselves with are not real medals. This caused me to re-read the official wording from the Dept of Justice, and I have copied it below.
It may interest you to know that section 419 was enacted in 1920 under Bill No. 137, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, shortly after the close of World War I, in which many Canadians lost their lives. Veterans did not wish for those who did not serve in the military to display on themselves war decorations which they had not earned. The legislation was introduced in the House of Commons on May 28, 1920, by the then Minister of Justice, the Honourable C. J. Doherty. The Bill was supported by the then Prime Minister Sir Robert Laird Borden’s Unionist Party, which was composed primarily of former Conservative Party members and a smaller number of Liberal members of Parliament.
Having read this again, I wonder if it could be viewed in a different light? Has the Legion managed to circumvent the spirit of the law (419) by authorizing these unofficial and fake medals? Yet continue to deny blood relatives from wearing their late loved ones medals on their right breast. It is a fact today, at any given legion parade we will see vastly more members wearing these legion medals than actual veteran service medals. However, the serious nature of this is, most civilians assume they are veterans. I’m not sure when or why this this system of awards was begun. Is it possible to reach the conclusion that these associates lacking medals felt less than adequate on parade beside actual veterans? Was this the reason for the creation of such cheap imitations. If this is accurate, how could the legion a veteran organization, ever contemplate creating such a tawdry system. Seems there are many more questions than answers, and its worth noting, the Legion continues ignore my comments and remain utterly silent. If there was no guilt would they not issue me a stern and decisive argument??? Once more I rest my case/
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