I sincerely believe two of the major points of contention with the declining Legion membership are medals. Most commonwealth countries have laws very similar to our section 419 of the criminal code of Canada. However, only Canada includes the section that forbids blood relatives from wearing late loved ones medals Remembrance Day. This is indeed a most contentious issue that could be easily resolved. If the Legion requested an amendment from the Justice Dept, I’m sure it would be granted. Yet the Legion continues to adamantly refuses to even consider this.
The second major point is the wearing of Legion issued medals worn (on right breast) by a clear majority of associate members. These rather cheap imitation medals are presented for such things as chairing committees, legion attendance and volunteering. The numbers worn by associate members usually far surpass the real medals worn by veterans. It is quite understandable the general public see these medal bedeck associates as veterans. It seems the associate members have become comfortable in presenting themselves as veterans. We see them in leadership rolls marching and saluting at most Remembrance Day services. We, the actual veterans, also see their lack of military knowledge and the many mistakes they commit in front of the civilian audiences. Clearly the legion needs to make some radical changes, stop the issuing and wearing of these legion medals. In there place issue lapel pins, as many other Commonwealth legions do. I find it completely wrong for the RCL to actually produce some of these medals and make them available for purchase. If the Legion truly stands by its claim, we are here for the veterans, then it is time to prove it. To do that one positive step would be to enact the two suggestion I have listed in this article.
This is just one more letter similar to others I have sent to Dominion and Provincial Commands. Yet to date all have been ignored, it might be time to listen to, not just me, but the many other dissatisfied members and those who have already cancelled their memberships. Dominion and Provincial Commands surely cannot see their positions improving by continuing present policies and ignoring veterans.
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