All soldiers should have a medal
On Nov. 11, veterans will gather to commemorate Remembrance Day. Many will proudly wear medals indicative of their service. However, many more will be unrecognized, their left chests bare of any awards. When Canadians enlist in the Armed Forces, they undertake to serve wherever they are ordered. Some are called, some are not. But all have volunteered.
More and more Canadians who have never worn a uniform are appearing with an array of awards. The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is awarded for service to the community, for example, and recipients justifiably wear it with pride. Commemorative or jubilee awards are evident.
Meanwhile, the soldier (my generic term) who is not sent overseas has nothing to show for his or her commitment. Indeed, unless he or she has served 12 years to qualify for the Canadian Forces Decoration, there is no recognition for the service.
This is unfair. Without my wishing to come up with a massive display or “fruit salad,” surely some form of recognition in the form of a “Military Service Volunteer Medal” should be instituted. We did it for the First World War and for Korea. A great way to end our anniversary year!
Les Peate CD Ottawa