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Legion does not support wearing medals by third parties

Feb 16, 2016
Wearing of Medals and Decorations on Remembrance Day and other special commemorative events

OTTAWA, ON, March 5th 2015 – The Royal Canadian Legion with its more than 300,000 members understands the strong feelings and sentiments that are held during Remembrance Day, and during special commemorative events that mark our history and the sacrifices of those who served Canada in war and peace.

Sons and daughters, grandchildren, husbands and wives all share a deep personal need to honour those in their families who have made enormous sacrifices for their country during these commemorative events.

That said, medals and decorations, in accordance with the Canadian Honours Chart,6 awarded to individuals on behalf of the Canadian people are in recognition of extraordinary personal contributions to the nation. They represent great deeds, heroism, or a lifetime of achievements and service. If they are worn by others the meaning becomes diluted, and eventually lost.

We are of the opinion that the best way to honour the dedication and commitment of family veterans who have passed on is for the family to have the medals and decorations mounted, framed and displayed in a special place of honour. Their story of duty and sacrifice may thus be highlighted for generations to come. Others, who do not have a family veteran, should refrain altogether from wearing medals and decorations they were not awarded.


For further information please contact Bruce Poulin at Dominion Command, at (613) 591-3335 ext. 241 or by cell at (613) 292-8760 or bruce.poulin@legion.ca7.