Legion pretend Medals

I read an interesting comment the other day, a suggestion from a fellow veteran. He suggested that legion associate members decline from wearing their legion medals on Remembrance Day, only veterans should wear their genuine service medals on parade. I completely understand why he asks this, how do civilians determine who are actual veterans and who are not. Associate members parade wearing a large number of legion medals. Anywhere from six to a dozen, they wear the legion uniform and beret. They march around saluting and in many cases are in charge of the particular parade. Is it any wonder most people assume these people are decorated veterans. It seems to me this is completely out of control, to have civilian members posing as actual military veterans. I understand the need for civilians within the organization, however they are not veterans and should not attempt to portray that image. To the best of my knowledge no other Commonwealth Country legion organizations issues these pretend medals. The Royal British Legion issue lapel pins for various services. Indeed a few years ago the RCL national president attended meetings in the UK, he declined to wear his thirteen legion issued medals. One might ask why he did this? Embarrassment comes to mind. He would have been the only representative from outside of the UK wearing these silly adornments. Some associate members counter the argument of wearing legion medals, they offer the following excuse. Many organizations issue and wear medals, they cite Knights of Columbus, Masons, and even Cadets! The cadet organization is for youths aged 12-19, hardly a fair comparison with grown men. I’m under no illusions the associates will agree not to wear these medals, it has become far to common place in today’s legions. The great majority of members are civilians they make the rules, veterans, those that are still members have little or no say. However, if the associates had any real respect for veterans they should only wear these medals within the confines of the legion branches, at meetings and such. They might even see an increase in veterans joining or rejoining their local branches. Continue in the same old direction and the legion will eventually disappear. God Bless and keep reading.

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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