I’m not sure where to begin with this story! its really quite unbelievable. I have to think the Royal Canadian Legion is at the root cause. Associate legion members (civvies) have for several years adorned themselves with fake legion medals. They parade in legion uniforms displaying a right chest full of medals, saluting and marching as if they were actual veterans. Some legion medals are for purchase and some awarded for chairing committees etc. It has frankly got out of hand and members such as the one featured below thinks its quite alright to buy and wear these phony medals. Please read the article below.
VETERAN RECEIVES MEDALS
Meanwhile, Currie’s visit to the college this year was extra special for him because it was the first time he had an opportunity to proudly wear four new medals he received for his past service with the Canadian Armed Forces.
“I recently received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Commemorative Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee Medal, the Cold War Medal and the Commonwealth Volunteer Star,” Currie explained. “I was eligible for all four, but had to contact England in order to receive them because these medals are not available in Canada.”
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a commemorative medal created in 2012 to mark the 60th anniversary of Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. The Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee Medal marks Elizabeth II’s 65th anniversary as monarch, while the Cold War Medal is presented to veterans who served during the Cold War and the Commonwealth Volunteer Star is given to servicemen and women who volunteered to serve their country.
Currie went on to say a friend involved with the Legion and Army, Navy, Air Force Veterans (ANAVETS) in Ontario asked if he’d received these particular medals yet. When Currie replied he had not, his friend enlightened him to their availability and to the application process.
“There is so much stuff out there a lot of veterans don’t realize,” Currie said. “For instance, I ran into a Korean War veteran once who was unaware he was eligible for a pension because of his service overseas. After applying for it, he received quite a substantial back pension as a result. The information is out there, people just need to seek it out.”
Currie joined the army reserves in 1957 and the regular forces as a member of the navy in 1959. During this time, he served up and down the East Coast – from the Arctic to the equator. He was also part of the navy blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.
Including the four medals he recently received Currie has a total of five military medals and six Legion medals.
“It’s a real honour to be able to wear them,” he said. “They’re very special to me.”