Wearing of family medals

Discussion in 'The Barracks' started by kiwi craig, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. kiwi craig

    kiwi craig Member

    At our Remembrance Day service on Sunday, there was an ex- soldier wearing his families World War 1 medals. 2 were British and one was a German Iron Cross.
    Apparently his Grand Father came to New Zealand in the 1920's and was interned as an alien during WWII. As you can imagine the was a lot of discussion on weather it was appropriate to wear the German medal. I would be interested in other people opinion.

    Craig
     
  2. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    I may be quite alone in this opinion but I believe it's nobody else's business as to what this Gentleman chose to wear as an an act of remembrance.
     
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I may be quite alone in this opinion but I believe it's nobody else's business as to what this Gentleman chose to wear as an an act of remembrance.

    Seconded
     
  4. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member

    I may be quite alone in this opinion but I believe it's nobody else's business as to what this Gentleman chose to wear as an an act of remembrance.

    Thirded
     
  5. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    I may be quite alone in this opinion but I believe it's nobody else's business as to what this Gentleman chose to wear as an an act of remembrance.

    If Mark can say Thirded...............

    I say Fourthed!
     
  6. horsapassenger

    horsapassenger Senior Member

    So what would be your reaction if this fellow had turned up at your War Memorial wearing his medals?

    John
     

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  7. martin14

    martin14 Senior Member

    At our Remembrance Day service on Sunday, there was an ex- soldier wearing his families World War 1 medals. 2 were British and one was a German Iron Cross.
    Apparently his Grand Father came to New Zealand in the 1920's and was interned as an alien during WWII. As you can imagine the was a lot of discussion on weather it was appropriate to wear the German medal. I would be interested in other people opinion.

    Craig

    I went to a service at a Canadian WWI memorial outside of Ypres on Saturday.

    Individual soldiers remembered at the speeches, Canadian, French,
    British... and a young German soldier.

    Still not 100% comfortable with it, but the German people have done much over the decades to try and redress their past mistakes.

    Hope he is good at explaining it. :)
     
  8. sapper

    sapper WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    This medal wearing also extends to medals awarded by the France and Holland. Over the years many WW2 veterans have been awarded medals by both these governments. They are the peoples thanks for their freedom. Some think we should never wear them, while others take the view that these people awarded theses medals as a thank you for all that we did for them.

    It would be churlish indeed to say These are not official medals and should not be worn....

    In one case a dignitary came from France with his legion d'honneur sash and awarded me a medal and a bar at my home.
    My family were in South Africa at the time, so we set up Skype so that they could watch the procedure from the Skype camera...
    So should we were these medals awarded to us by a grateful people, or not. My personal opinion is that we should, and say thank you for remembering what we did.

    As an aside,the French metal "Chest medal" awarded to the Vets on he 60 anniversary of D day....Is a very fine affair indeed. in silver and gold colour and with our names and Companies engraved on the back
     
  9. Rotherfield

    Rotherfield Senior Member

    I would like to pass a comment on this subject if I may, although it has nothing to do with medals and the wearing of. ON Saturday I was selling Poppies outside our local Tesco's, when a woman came up to me crying and apologising when asking if she could donate for a poppy, I asked her what was wrong she replied that her Grandfather was a German soldier (Paratrooper) captured in 1944, and would I mind if she wore her poppy in remembrance to him my answer to that was, "They were all Soldiers no matter what side they were on" and I gladly sold her a poppy.
    So I agree with the comments above Fithly
    rotherfield
     
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