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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 10:53

A Case for the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal From the June 2018 edition of Esprit des Corps Magazine

Volunteer service medal1IN REFLECTION, I think of our ancestors, the many thousands of Canadians that in the spirit of service for their nation did what was needed when called upon to protect and defend our country our freedoms and the democratic principles that are far too often taken for granted.

Our former sisters and brothers-in-arms who volunteered to serve were acknowledged and recognized by the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM). Since that time thousands of young men and women did exactly the same thing as those that served before them and took up the torch of service and dedicated a portion of their lives to uphold the same rights and freedoms as those that served before.

Sadly, on March 1st, 1947, they did away with the CVSM and the tradition of acknowledging and honouring volunteer service by our comrades. Our fellow veterans were no longer recognized. The tradition of honouring the act of volunteerism and treating new volunteers to serve in Canada’s Armed Forces was nixed by the government leaving a gaping hole in the heritage of those that did exactly the same thing as those serving in the past. Since March of 1947, our nation and our government has done little to recognize the loyalty and dedication to one’s country when Canadians elect to join our country’s armed forces. This leaves a huge void, an abyss of forgetfulness when it comes to Canadians that have done what most will never do, to volunteer to serve in the military. Why would we not honour our veterans in the same manner as their forefathers, foremothers and ancestors were honoured with a medal for volunteering?

Not a single person knew what might happen to them when they enlisted and prepared to dedicate a portion of their lives by service in the military. The world was on edge back in the 1940’s as the Manhattan Project created a working atom bomb. Not long after, the Americans used two of these nuclear bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in Japan and that quickly brought an end to WW II. It was not long before Russia obtained this capability and the Cold War erupted. Nonetheless, with nuclear annihilation as a potential weapon, our youth, (now ageing veterans and many more of our comrades that passed away) still continued to volunteer to serve with pride, dignity and honour. For many, who served and did so honourably, they left the military in the pursuit of other interests, yet for their service, they were never once acknowledged or honoured in the same manner as those before them … with a medal.

Our world seems at times to be going crazy with terrorism and renewed sabre rattling by the big nuclear powers. North Korea sends missiles over Japan and threatens the Americans with nuclear strikes. Sadly, the recent act of criminal outrage in Toronto showed our nation how insanely dangerous things can be. Still, our Canadian youth continue to volunteer to serve and this says a lot about their courage and character. Thousands of veterans have served since the cessation of the CVSM and have not a thing to show for that service. Nothing by way of having a family heirloom to leave their children as a testament to the legacy of having a family member who once served their nation.

I truly believe that the same honour and dignity that was afforded to our ancestors is surely warranted to our veterans of the past century, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Veterans from the past and today and into the future will continue to volunteer and to serve our great nation so that we may continue to all stand together. In light of fairness and equality for their service and the acknowledgement by the CVSM, our veterans have served and should not be treated any different than their comrades that served before them. -end-

Wishing one and all the very best for a wonderful Canada celebration.

God Bless our Veterans and our Troops and their families,

Be well all, Godspeed and God Bless,

Dave W. Palmer

While some may not agree with this effort to seek an official volunteer service medal form our government, others fully support in and that includes a former CDS, a former LGen and many other long-serving Veterans. In light of the reality that many Veterans are ageing and have yet to have a single medal to wear, an unofficial medal has been created so that all Veterans might have some way of using theirs and your, freedom of expression to wear the unofficial medal as a gesture to acknowledge and recognize volunteer service by all Veterans. You will note, this is for all Veterans. So knee-jerk responses is that it is only for short-service is false and wrong. It is not that at all, it is what it says it is, a Volunteer Service Medal for “all” Veterans, all meaning all.

ABSTRACT

For well over a decade, thousands of former serving Veterans of our nation’s forces have wanted something to wear as an indication that they once voluntarily dedicated a portion of their life in service to our nation. It was their wish to have our government hear their voice and respond to their request by means of issuing a medal. This wish, after many requests to accomplish this, has never been acted upon by the government. To this purpose the unofficial Military Volunteer Service Medal was created.

This medal, “obviously unofficial” is being made only in a gesture of acknowledgement for Veteran’s volunteer service. In the realization of and recognition that many former serving Veterans of our nation’s forces have for years wanted to have a manner whereby they could, by means of a medal, show they served. Although an unendorsed medal, they would have something to show they, like their Comrades once honourably served. Multiple attempts and dedicated efforts have been made to accomplish the creation of an Official Volunteer Service Medal. This goal, to achieve a government approved and endorsed Official Medal remains the hope of thousands of Veterans to one day see it become a reality.

For an order form and more about the “unofficial” medal, please see the attached in either pdf or docx format and a photo of what the medal looks like.

Of note is that Lieutenant General (ret'd) Louis Cuppens sent out an OP-ED to the media for publication and it is in FrontLine Defencehttps://defence.frontline.online/

LGen Cuppens believes our Military is being taken for granted. Too see LGen Cuppens article click on the link below.

https://defence.frontline.online/blogs/6238-Louis-Cuppens/9922-Military%20volunteers%20are%20being%20taken%20for%20granted

Best regards all,

God Bless our Veterans and our Troops and their families,

God Bless Canada,

Information on wearing of the unofficial medal is in the “Order Form” attachement.

Be well, Dave.

Note: If ordering the medal, you must contact Joe Drouin Enterprises to get the price of shipping and applicable taxes. https://www.joedrouin.com/   Phone: 819-568-6669

Thanks.

Last modified on Friday, 06 July 2018 23:03

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