Medals on dress uniforms should be earned

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To the editor,

I think the awarding of medals plays a very important role in our society.

They are normally awarded for outstanding conduct and, in some cases, to people who perform far beyond what is expected of a normal human being. I find it interesting that governors general and lieutenant-governors display medals on their dress that don't seem to fit.

For instance, one common medal that I see would be known to me and numerous other military people as a good conduct medal which is awarded after 13 years of good conduct in the service plus a bar at 22 years. If the above luminaries have earned these dress adornments more power to them, but I'm suspicious that this is not always the case. Therefore, I think it is very disrespectful to the legitimate earners of such awards because most people in the military respect legitimate medal holders and don't expect them to be used in a frivolous manner.

It downgrades medals to another bit of bling on a costume. Personally, I would be ashamed to wear a medal I didn't earn. I would like to suggest that an ambitious reporter research this matter and inform us, the unwashed public, what are the facts.

 

Frank Dominey

Stewiacke

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