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Michael O`Leary said:For the moment, let's set aside the issue of wearing ancestor's medals on uniforms. Even if the Canadian Government authorized the wear of "ancestor's medals" on civilian dress for Remembrance Day, wearing them on uniforms is a separate CF dress issue.
Also, I think the point here is that you wouldn't see them worn by your own child or grandchild. If you're around to see that, you'd be wearing them yourself.
Even in uniform wearing of NOK medals is authorised, again on the right. There is a military cultural difference of 110% here, and although we all have opinions, army.ca members which disagree in our policy can't seem to see the forrest thru the trees, and seem to be stuck in the rut of 'only wear 'em if they are yours' attitude. Thats fine for medals worn on the left. I hope one day someone will wear my rack on ANZAC Day.
Australia is not the only Common-Wealth country doing this, so putting your personal feelings/emotions aside, PLEASE start thinking with your brains, not your hearts.
If you had a chance to see this in operation, and its results, then maybe you would change your mind. Think outside of the circle.
WRT education, ask any 12 yr old here what is ANZAC and what is Gallipoli, and they'll tell you, ask any 12 yr old in Canada what is Vimy Ridge, and most, if not 95% (or more) will have not a clue. Personally I think that is very sad. Again ask a kid here what is the Kakoda Track (WWII), and again most know, as again any kid in Canada about Dieppe, and few know. Again ask a local kid what is Long Tang (Viet Nam), and again many know, ask a kid in Canada what is Kapyong, and most again don't have a clue.
If people in Canada took an interest in their relatives medals, maybe things would be different, and things like this would not end up in garage sales or the garbage. Don't let your country's sacrifices go unnoticed or be forgotten because of such stubornness. Medals here worn on the RIGHT are displayed with such pride, and the public know what the true meaning of this is, and to see the general public coming together at certain times of the year, simply increases the bond, keeps the ANZAC spirit alive, their Dads and grandad's spirit alive, and again builds the tradition of our Veterans, so our Sons of ANZAC will never die as long as thei memory is carried on from one generation to another. Its healthy for everyone and for the right reasons.
It frustrates me so much to see such negativeity coming from what appears to be narrow minds. Again think with your brains, not with your hearts.
Again, just a humble opinion from an Aussie Vet, and someone who did his time in the CF. I have seen the results of how things are done here in Australia over the past 14 yrs, and it works with nothing but positive results.